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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 things that can cause accidents in the office

    An office is full of potential trip hazards which could cause a nasty fall injury. Here are 5 items which could cause accidents in the office:

    1. Office chairs causing fall hazard
      This one is probably one of the more obvious ones, but if a chair is left in the middle of an office it can be quite easy to sustain a painful fall injury.
    2. Boxes
      Offices seem to be always getting deliveries of new stationary and supplies. This means there are always boxes which if not tidied away can pose a trip claim waiting to happen. Even a small box could cause a nasty fall injury if someone isn’t looking where they are walking especially if carrying hot drinks.
    3. Fire safety equipment
      As per health and safety regulations all offices must  have fire safety equipments including extinguishers and fire blankets. Some of these items are not only heavy but are often misused such as being used as a door stop. Not having these items bolted onto a wall or put out of the way can easily lead to a nasty fall accident.
    4. Bags
      This could be carrier bags or staff handbags. If these are left on the floor it is very easy to get one of the straps or handles tangled around your leg and cause you a potentially painful trip injury.
    5. Files
      Even though most offices are moving to digital storage there will most likely still be quite a few files and ring binders in the office space and if left lying around these could easily cause a slip, trip or fall.

    As you can see most items in the work place can potentially cause a slip, trip or fall injury. To help prevent these from happening the key thing to remember is to make sure everything is tidied away and that nothing is left on the floor where it poses a trip hazard.

    However, accidents do happen, and if you have had a slip, trip or fall within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make an accident claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline either on our 24-hour free advice line on 0800 689 0500 or take our simple 30-second compensation calculator test online to see how much your accident claim could be worth.

    Date Published: February 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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