Accidents at work place settings cause misery to thousands of workers every year. A large number of people work in offices and even though these are generally considered to be a low risk setting, accidents can still happen. If the accident can be shown as the fault of someone else, then the injured person may be able to claim compensation. This is sometimes done through an Employer’s Liability Insurance Policy.

Employers are required to carry out a risk assessment for the office where you work. The aim of this is to prevent accidents happening. The essential 5 facts about office risk assessments are given below.

Accidents at work place – office risk assessments

Office risk assessments are all about identifying hazards. Hazards are things or situations that could cause you harm. Some of the categories of hazards that are considered in offices are:

  • Slips and trips
  • Manual handling
  • Working at height
  • Health of workers
  • Computers
  • Fire
  • Other equipment

 

Accidents at work place – slips and trips

Slips and trips are easily preventable with common sense precautions. These include:

  • General good housekeeping
  • Adequate lighting
  • Removing trailing leads and cables
  • Keeping areas clear
  • Adequate procedures to deal with spillages
  • Properly maintained flooring

Accidents at work place – manual handling

This is the hazard of staff injuring themselves lifting bulky, awkward or heavy objects. Back injuries are a common outcome of poor manual handling procedures. Some manual handling precautions for an office environment would include:

  • Using a trolley to move heavy items
  • Storing heavy/bulky items at an appropriate height so that they can be reached safely
  • Training staff to split heavy loads rather than carry them all at once
  • Training staff not to lift heavy objects by themselves

 

Accidents at work place – working at height

An office environment is not normally considered a workplace where working at height is an issue but in fact this does happen. Items are often stored at height for example. Working at height precautions in an office include:

  • Making stable platforms available if staff have to retrieve things from high shelves
  • Making appropriate step ladders available where necessary
  • Training staff when and how to work safely at a height

 

Accidents at work place – claiming compensation

If you have been injured in an accident at your office workplace and it was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. Start off by calling Accident Advice Helpline. They have a team of highly trained professional advisers who will be able to help you start the process. You may be able to show that you were not provided with the correct equipment or were not trained properly. Accident Advice Helpline have a national network of in-house solicitors who will help you take your case forward and try to claim as much compensation as they can for you.

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