The risks of suffering injuries by slips, trips and falls at the office are significantly increased during the winter. What’s more, repetitive strain injuries are also more likely to affect you in freezing temperatures. There are, however, a few things you can do to minimise your risk of accidents at work or developing occupational illnesses at this time of the year.
Minimising the risk of office-related winter accidents
- Car park, steps and ramps: To begin with, make sure you do not sustain a slip injury before reaching the building by making sure the office car park; pathways and steps or ramps leading up to the building are free of ice and snow. Having made it safely this far, you certainly do not want to suffer an injury by slipping on the last few steps leading you into the comparative safety of the building.
- Flooring: To prevent slip injuries when entering the building, look out for patches of water carried in on other employees’ shoes. Clearly mark or dry up such wet areas as quickly as possible to prevent others being injured by slipping. Placing a slip-resistant floor mat just inside the door will, by the way, help to prevent this kind of slip hazard from forming and causing office accidents in the first place.
- Footwear: Do not be tempted to take your heavy outdoor-boots off and wander about in your socks. Not only could you slip even on carpeting, but the risk of stubbing and seriously hurting your toes is also greater this way. So, by the way, is the risk of work injuries by stepping onto unexpected sharp or pointed objects on the floor. Bring suitable spare footwear to wear at work instead.
- Temperatures: The risk of developing repetitive stress injuries is ever present when working on computers. Cold working environments increase this risk. To prevent developing upper limb disorders, make sure temperatures are kept at an acceptable, comfortable level.
- Hot drinks: There is nothing like a hot drink to warm you up after your trip to work. Avoid scalding injuries at work by not carrying too many drinks at once and looking out for potential trip hazards.
If something does go wrong
Should the worst thing happen and you do sustain a work injury through no fault of your own, make contact with Accident Advice Helpline to discuss work injury compensation, learn how to claim for compensation, and discuss whether you qualify.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice