Tips For Reducing Data Cable Tripping Hazards In Your Office

Posted on: 27 April 2015

If you run a busy office with lots of computers and electronic devices, you likely have cables running all over the place. Unsecured data cables, unfortunately, can cause injuries to staff members, and in other cases, loose cables may be pulled or yanked in ways that cause damage to your equipment. Luckily, you can easily make the data cables running through your office safer with the following tips:

1. Hide your cables

There are a range of clever devices designed to hold and hide cables. You can buy bins that corral piles of cables while also letting a small bit of cable snake out of them, or you can buy cylindrical containers that hold cables together beneath desks.

For a DIY solution, you can even run cables through PVC pipes to keep them secured and out of the way. All of these measures reduce the risk that your employees may get caught in or trip over under-the-desk cables.

2. Secure your cables to the floor

In addition to corralling the piles of data cables that may be under your employees' desks, you need to address the cables running along your floor. These cables should be secured to the floor or the walls to prevent and minimise falling over them.

You can attach cables to the floor and walls using special "race tracks" – plastic tracks that stick to the wall and have a crevice for holding cables. If you are working on a tight budget, you can pull up carpeting along walls, slip your cables under it and push back down the carpet, and for cables not along walls, you can use duct tape to hold them to the floor.

3. Hire a professional data cable installer

Instead of trying to organise and secure your data cables on your own, consider having an expert look at them. Professional cable installers are experienced with a range of cable holders and products, and they can help you figure out the most streamlined paths for your cables so they are not lying in unnecessary areas or running through unnecessary areas.

4. Go wireless

Although many office devices require data cables, others can engage wirelessly. If it works for your office, consider making things wireless. Instead of hardwiring cable-laden desktops to routers, have your employees bring their own laptops and connect to the wifi. However, remember even a few cables can present a danger if they are not secured, so make sure to engage with cable safety practises even if you reduce the number of cables in your office. 

For more information on cables or data cabling, contact a business such as One Step Ahead Communications.