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.
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.
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