Although office work is not generally considered as a dangerous occupation, workers within the sector are still at risk of experiencing accidents at work, such as slips, trips and falls in the office.
In fact, according to 2013/14 statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), slips and trips are the most prevalent cause of work-related injuries, responsible for over a third of all moderate to severe injuries at work.
With that in mind, risks surrounding accidents in the office become more apparent, with numerous workplace hazards presenting risk of falls, slips and trips.
Slips, trips and falls in the office
It is possible to take a stumble anywhere, it is human nature to be a little haphazard from time to time, but when at work, your employer has a duty of care and should take appropriate action to minimise the risk of employees sustaining work-related injuries and illnesses.
As well as your employer’s legal obligation to protect your well-being, it is imperative to adopt an assertive manner while at work. Be aware of the risk of any potential accidents that could put your health and safety in jeopardy.
Five of the most common causes of slips, trips and falls in the office, include:
- Unmaintained floor coverings, such as fraying or loose carpet, or worn lino
- Wet floors
- Uneven terrain and intentionally levelled floorings
- Poorly maintained areas, insufficient housekeeping
- Loose or trailing electrical cables
Claiming compensation for an accident at work
If you have sustained an illness or injury due to an accident at work, through no fault of your own, and you believe your employer is liable for the harm you have suffered, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
As long as the work-related accident in question occurred within the last three years and you are able to provide evidence to suggest liability and to support statements regarding the injuries or illness you have experienced, a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, can help you claim the personal injury compensation you are entitled to.
Accident Advice Helpline
Established in 2000, Accident Advice Helpline now has years of experience assisting victims of personal injury compensation with claiming the compensation they deserve.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for a free initial consultation with no pressure to pursue your claim following your call.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice