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5 reasons filing cabinets are a health and safety risk


Despite the predominant use of computers in today’’s offices, we haven’’t been able to say goodbye to the paper trail quite yet. These documents are usually stored in filing cabinets that, despite their efficiency and popularity in offices, are actually extremely hazardous.

You may think you are safe from accidents at work in an office, but if there are filing cabinets nearby, you need to reconsider.


5 health and safety risks of filing cabinets

While filing cabinets are around in most offices, they are one of the most hazardous items in any office. Some typical health and safety risks in the office include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Filing cabinets with open drawers can tip over when not in use, leading to injuries such as crushing and fractures.
  2. The cabinet itself is considered a trip and fall hazard, particularly depending on placement.
  3. It is not uncommon for employees to bang their head on open drawers of a filing cabinet, when working between files. This can cause head injuries of varying severity.
  4. Nails, fingers and hands are often trapped or caught in the drawers of filing cabinets, causing injuries such as broken finger bones, bruising and lacerations.
  5. Back injuries, as well as other sprains and strains, are often sustained when relocating filing cabinets.

Claiming compensation for accidents at work

If you have been involved in an accident at work through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for the harm and distress you have endured.

All employers have a legal obligation to ensure the health and safety of their employees. When you sustain an injury due to your employer’’s negligence, they can be held liable for the harm and distress you have been made to endure.


How Accident Advice Helpline can help you

At Accident Advice Helpline, we offer a free initial consultation to all victims of work-related injury and illness. During this initial consultation, we uncover the foundations of your case, enabling us to determine both where liability is likely to lie, and your eligibility to claim.

For more information, and to receive your free initial consultation, speak with one of our friendly advisors today. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Call us on freephone number, 0800 689 5659.