While a great deal of office accidents involve slips, trips and falls; the occasional injury by electrocution and basic manual handling accidents, some claims for compensation are based on somewhat stranger, almost unbelievable incidents.
Examples of bizarre office compensation claims
Some of the most bizarre office compensation claims reported around the world over the past few years included:
- A worker breaking his hip while ‘arguing’ with a vending machine
- An obese office employee sustaining injuries at work when sitting down on a toilet ‘unsuitable for his weight’
- An employee straining her back while putting paper into a printer
- An office worker who developed depression and was compensated for work-related stress after receiving a promotion she apparently did not want
- An office employee suffering from a painful, stiff neck after having to sit ‘in a cold draught’
Strange as they may seem, these bizarre office compensation claims were successful, because ultimately, they were accidents at work that could and should have been prevented.
How these bizarre office compensation claims could have been prevented
Equal opportunities and health & safety laws mean employers are required to ensure their employees are not exposed to the risk of injuries at work. As such, they have a duty to:
- Maintain equipment in a safe, good working order (vending machine incident)
- Provide adequate facilities for workers of all sizes, capabilities, race, religion, and so on (toilet incident)
- Provide training in use of equipment; manual handling and safe working procedures (printer paper incident)
- Ensure employees are not exposed to undue levels of stress (promotion incident)
- Provide a safe, healthy working environment (draught incident)
The final item on that list includes maintaining reasonable temperatures within the workplace; preventing slip, trip and fall injuries by keeping floors and pathways clean, dry and free of clutter and providing suitable equipment (steps, ladders, manual handling aids, ergonomic desks and chairs).
When employers fail their duty
If you are an office worker who sustained a workplace injury because your employer failed in his duty to protect you and your work accident occurred within the past 36 months, you may be able to make a work accident claim.
Specialising in work injury compensation, Accident Advice Helpline lawyers have years of experience in securing industrial injury compensation for people like you. Call our confidential freephone helpline on 0333 500 0993 (from mobiles) or 0800 689 0500 (from landlines) today to confirm your claim eligibility and get your claim process set into motion.