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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Advice for employers: Purchasing the ideal office floor surface


    When purchasing flooring for work purposes, there are a number of factors to keep in mind:

    • Will it minimise the risk of accidents at work?
    • Is it cost-effective?
    • Is it durable?
    • Is it fit for purpose?
    • Does it look good?

    Without assessing these factors for each of the options you have available, it is impossible to make a savvy business decision and choose the most suitable floor surface for your office.

    Accidents at work: flooring

    The safety of your employees is paramount, and choosing a flooring that is most suited to your work environment is essential.

    Many of the most basic work-related compensation claims in recent years have been as a result of slips, trips and falls at work, often due to unmaintained, unsafe and unsuitable flooring.

    Hard flooring vs carpet

    First let’s establish the options: wood panels, lino, tiles, paint, vinyl, carpet tiles and carpet.

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    As you can imagine, hard flooring is easiest to clean. Dust and dirt are a thing of the past, while tea and coffee spills can be mopped up pronto. That being said, in an office environment, hard flooring increases the risk of slips and falls due to the formal footwear many wear, against the hard surface and spillages. This is especially the case with floorboards and tiles.

    Carpet is a popular favourite and for good reason, it absorbs sound and accidents due to spills are eliminated. Although it is harder to clean, investing in a durable, well made, office carpet also creates a welcoming environment for staff. If you are concerned regarding cost, then carpet tiles are a spend savvy option.

    Have you suffered from an accident in the workplace?

    Whether you have sustained an injury from a slip, trip or fall or an accident of any other nature, if you have been involved in an incident that has caused you harm through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    Rather than dealing with the technicalities of a legal case yourself, Accident Advice Helpline can:

    • Advise if your claim is worth pursuing.
    • Assign your work-related claims case to one of their specialised solicitors.
    • Fight your case on a no win no fee basis, meaning you don’t pay a penny unless your case is successful.

    Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for individual advice from a team of experts, with no pressure to pursue your claim.

    Date Published: February 13, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.