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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

    Five common office health and safety excuses

    There are many health and safety excuses that office managers make as to why they have shunned provisions which could potentially cause an accident at work. Here are five of them.

    I didn’t think it would cause an accident at work

    This is a common excuse as to why offices shun health and safety, but ignorance is neither bliss nor an excuse as to why they put their workers in danger of a potential accident at work.

    It was cheaper and our budget has been cut this year

    This is a common, but dreadful excuse because an office should never increase the chances of an accident at work to simply save themselves money. Health and safety in the work place should always come first.

    The order did not come from me

    When the manager does not know how to respond when an accident at work injury has occurred due to lack of respect for health and safety, they may try to pass the buck by saying the change of regulations came from someone higher up. This may be true, but the manager of that office has a duty of care for his/her workers, so if this happens they should defend their employees to reduce any work injuries.

    I was just about to move it/clean it up

    If someone has wedged open a door or spilt something, thus causing an accident at work, most people’s first response is that they were just about to rectify the problem before the work injury was sustained.

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    It was quicker that way

    If shunning health and safety regulations even for a short period of time makes a job faster then many workers would choose this even if it results in a work injury.

    If you have had an accident at work within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm specialising in accident claims such as work injuries. With over 10 years’ worth of experience we will make the claims process as simple and stress free as possible.

    To find out how you could make a claim speak to Accident Advice Helpline on our 24-hour free phone via 0800 689 0500 or take the simple 30-second compensation calculator online to see how much your accident at work claim could be worth.

    Date Published: March 2, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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