You may not think that an office could pose many accident risks when it comes to slips, trips or falls, but there are several potential fall hazards. Here are five things in the office that could fall on an employee:
- Uneven carpet or flooring – potential fall risk
If an office isn’t maintained properly and is left to deteriorate it is likely that the flooring will start becoming loose and damaged due to the amount of wear it sustains. This means that it could pose a serious fall injury risk which could be especially bad on stairwells.
- Fire extinguishers
These items are vital to any office as they could potentially stop a fire from spreading to other parts of an office. However, these items are often misused and some employees use them for such purposes as holding doors opens. If these are left lying around they could easily cause a fall injury.
- Personal belongings
Many offices provide employees with lockers or drawers to put their belongings in. This means that they are tidied away and not cluttering the floors. Nonetheless, if personal belongings such as hand bags are left around these can easily cause a fall accident, especially when they have a long strap.
- Computer wires
Offices these days are full of computers and electronic devices. This often means a lot of wiring and these wires are not tidied and tucked away these can potentially cause a nasty fall injury claim if an employee found that their leg became tangled up in them.
- Stationery Supplies
In offices there always seems to be new consignments of stationery being delivered. This means there are often boxes and packaging in the workplace. If these items are left out and not tidied away as soon as possible these could pose a fall risk to any employee.
Offices can pose just as big slip, trip or fall injuries as many other workplaces, it is all about keeping the areas clean and tidy and well maintained to avoid any accident claims.
If you do have a slip, trip or fall in the workplace or anywhere else that wasn’t your fault you may be eligible to make a claim through Accident Advice Helpline. Speak to us today on 0800 689 0500, which is our 24-hour free phone to find out more about how much compensation you could potentially claim for.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice