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Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

This industry includes:

  • architectural and engineering work
  • computer system design
  • management, consulting, market research and advertising
  • scientific research
  • veterinary services
  • legal and accounting services.

Occupations in this industry include:

  • architects
  • vets
  • lawyers
  • accountants
  • scientists.

Most common hazards and injuries

Workers in this industry are likely to be injured at work due to:

  • body stressing
  • falls, slips and trips
  • being hit by moving objects
  • mental stress.

Common hazards that workers in this industry are exposed to include:

  • sedentary work
  • manual handling
  • being struck by vehicles or livestock.

Some solutions

  • Provide training and instruction in safe manual handling procedures.
  • Maintain good housekeeping to ensure there are no obstructions or trip hazards on floors or in store areas.
  • Set realistic work schedules and deadlines.
  • Encourage a standing friendly work culture: encourage standing in meetings, when reading documents or taking phone calls; invest in height-adjustable desks, use stairs instead of lifts.
  • If you or your workers handle animals, make sure animals are properly restrained. Avoid working alone when loading/unloading stock. If you’re working with stock in yards or pens, make sure you can’t be trapped or crushed, have a clear escape route, make sure latches and bolts work.

Resources and solutions

Animal handling

Hazardous manual tasks

Industry snapshots

Mental health

Sedentary work

Slips trips and falls

Updated: 29th October 2019