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    Most bizarre health & safety cases: No Christmas decorations at work


    Most bizarre health & safety cases: No Christmas decorations at work

    Round about this time of year, rumours about Christmas decorations being banned in offices and other working environments begin to make the rounds. Surfacing year after year with inevitable certainty, these rumours claim health and safety reasons forbid the putting up of Christmas trees and decorations, or at least require qualified personnel to perform the task, to prevent injuries at work.

    Accidents at work and Christmas decorations

    Thoughts of such a ban never fail to have workers across the country up in arms, although some may claim there are good reasons to ban decorations, as they are likely to cause work accidents.

    As it stands, the Health & Safety Executive’s offices deny any official decrees relating to banning Christmas decorations in offices (see http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/nov07.htm), happily admitting that their staff regularly enjoy such festive preparations.

    Preventing workplace accidents

    They do, however, stress that care when putting decorations up is advised in order to prevent workrelated injuries. This includes provision of proper stepladders, as opposed to having employees balancing on wheelie chairs or desk edges; careful considerations where to place garlands, festive lights (to prevent potentially dangerous obstructions, trip or electrical hazards), and general use of common sense.

    Work accidents related to decorations

    Sadly, not all employers, or their employees, follow these suggestions. As a result, workplace injuries caused by staff falling off chairs/ desks and other inappropriate ‘climbing aids’; electrocutions through faulty wiring on fairy lights and trips over thoughtlessly placed/ dropped wires/ garlands tend to occur with the same inevitable regularity as rumours about banning decorations.

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    Work accident compensation when your safety is compromised

    If you were the victim of an accident in the workplace through no fault of your own during the last three years, you may be entitled to make a work accident claim for compensation. This applies whether this is related to putting up Christmas decorations or any other, more typical activity within your job.

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    Date Published: November 20, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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