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Tip of the Week: Worker’s death is a reminder to hospitals to ensure safe storage

Hospital Safety Insider, February 24, 2011

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A 26-year-old employee of Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL, was killed in November last year when lead-lined drywall fell on top of him in the hospital’s storage area.

Steve MacArthur, safety consultant at The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc., highlights some of the important factors in safe storage practices. Here are a few of his reminders, featured in the February issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety.

• Don’t place heavy or awkward-to-handle items on a top shelf or other high place because they could fall and injure someone.
• Do not store chemicals at eye level or above; if they tip over, they could splash into someone’s face.
• Securely store any items that can easily tip, and make sure you have adequate staff on hand to move heavy or awkward items.

Visit Briefings on Hospital Safety to read more of his reminders.

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