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Next time you spot one of your employees putting a box on a chair in order to reach a burnt-out light bulb, seize the teachable moment.

Explain that the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has reported for two years in a row that more workplaces are cited for lack of “fall protection” than any other incident, and that your worker should wear safety shoes, a harness and helmet before attempting to replace the bulb. You can also tell your employee you will set up a guardrail around his or her chair next time a light goes out.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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