Safety Alert


ISSUE # 13-2017
Tripping accident in meeting room results in lost time injury


The extended feet of the rolling whiteboard poses as a tripping hazard.

Description:

An employee was attending a meeting in a conference room. After the meeting was adjourned, the employee went to exit the room by walking around the table, and then tripped on the extended feet of a rolling whiteboard.

Lessons Learned:

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Cause:

Improper placement of the rolling whiteboard.

Contributing Factors:

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Corrective Actions:

  • Meeting host should conduct a pre-meeting walkthrough to evaluate any hazards within the meeting room.
  • If there is equipment located in the room that is not required for the meeting, it should be removed if possible.
  • It is recommended that whiteboards be mounted on meeting room walls, eliminating the risk from rolling/wheeled whiteboards entirely.
  • Reduce congestion by ensuring the meeting room booked is appropriate for the number of attendees.
  • Meeting host should conduct a pre-meeting walkthrough to evaluate any hazards within the meeting room. If there is equipment located in the room that is not required for the meeting, it should be removed if possible.

It is recommended that whiteboards be mounted on meeting room walls, eliminating the risk from rolling/wheeled whiteboards entirely.

MECOR Process

This safety alert relates to the above Life Saving Rule. Learn more at energysafetycanada.com/resources/life-saving-rules
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