When you have responsibility for an office environment you must make health and safety a high priority to avoid compensation claims against you as an employer and to make sure your workforce is happy and comfortable.
Managing directors can implement a whole host of policies, procedures, and office safety improvements, to minimise the risk of employees enduring harm and distress following an accident at work.
Why should I care?
Improving safety can actually work out as a profitable enterprise as well, with figures showing that by investing a little money at the beginning you save in costs, productivity and create higher morale among your employees.
It’s also the right thing to do to protect your staff from illness and injury. Accidents at work can lead to expensive compensation claims and you lose days in productive time from your staff when they are off sick. What steps should I take?
- Offer ergonomics training and help by providing comfortable and supportive chairs, desks, and workstations.
- Plan your office space and be clear on removing and preventing any potential hazards that could lead to workplace accidents.
- Get commitment from your entire team.
- Create a written safety policy and stick to it.
- Involve your staff in amending this plan where necessary.
- Be active in the safety training.
- Show commitment by investing time and money in the scheme.
- Make it your business to find out why office injuries and illnesses do occur.
- Don’t simply stick to legal requirements, go further to prevent unnecessary injury.
If you are the victim of an accident in the workplace that caused an injury then check to see if you are eligible for compensation.
If your office injury was in the last three years and was someone else’s fault then you can start to investigate compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you make a claim; our legal team has years of experience dealing with all sorts of injury compensation scenarios and will deal with your claim on a no-win no-fee* basis.
Gather any documentation you have available and call our Freephone number, this helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We process most claims over the phone and many claimants never have to visit a court to complete their case.
So why not call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500, you have nothing to lose and could end up compensated for your injury and time off work.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice