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Office work is a hazardous business.

Byline: STEVE KIRKHAM

Sir, - Working in an office sounds like a cushy number but I wonder how many Post readers realise how dangerous it can be?

Take filing, for example. It was the cause of 2,707 reported accidents last year, according to a new DTI report. Staples are a danger, claiming 1,317 people; drawing pins have pointy bits on them, injuring 713 workers last year; rubber bands stretched to 402 injuries.

Correction fluid produced 91 victims but then so did pencil sharpeners; calculators totted up 37 accidents, well ahead of hole punches at 18.

On this basis it might be safer to take work on a building site.

STEVE KIRKHAM

Kings Heath.
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Date:Oct 23, 2001
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