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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."

    Esther Rantzen

    The dangers of extension leads in an office


    Using extension leads in an office can be dangerous. Here is why.

    Dangers of extension leads in an office

    Unless extension leads in an office are stored and maintained properly, there is a risk of defective leads causing injuries by electrocution or fires.

    What’s more, if extension leads are carelessly strung across pathways, they significantly increase your risk of injury by tripping. Tripping over extension leads in an office could also cause injuries by falling objects if, for example, your trip over an extension lead:

    • Pulls a piece of equipment (computer, printer, etc.) off a desk
    • Causes you to crash into shelving and dislodge objects stored there

    Finally, if extension leads are overloaded, they may develop electrical faults or cause fires by overheating. This, of course, again poses a risk of someone being injured by fire or electrocution.

    Employers’ duty of care

    Employers have a legal responsibility to prevent employees falling victim to accidents at work. This includes ensuring extension leads are stored, maintained in safe working order and used in the correct, safe manner. If you were injured by an extension lead because your employer was in breach of this duty, you could qualify for work injury compensation.

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    Making a claim

    You can claim for office accident compensation if:

    • You suffered an injury in any type of work accident within the past three years
    • Your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, mistake or inappropriate use of equipment
    • Defective equipment

    This ‘someone else’ may be your employer, another employee or the manufacturer or supplier of said equipment.

    Getting advice

    If you were injured at the office through no fault of your own, get helpful compensation advice and request the assistance of an experienced Accident Advice Helpline solicitor by calling our freephone helpline today.

    Why us?

    We are not a claims management company, but a law firm with more than 15 years’ experience in processing work injury claims. Every claim dealt with by us is conducted by our own in-house solicitors, rather than being passed on to other companies. This ensures your claim is processed quickly, efficiently and without undue hassle by highly experienced, knowledgeable individuals dedicated to getting you the compensation due to you.

    Get in touch

    Enlist our help today by calling 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 (respective numbers for calls from UK landlines or mobile phones) now. Calls are confidential and obligation-free. Claims are invariably processed under conditional fee agreements (no-win, no-fee).

    Date Published: April 18, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

    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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