Today’s offices are typically packed with computers and related electronic equipment. This means that a great deal of cables are required in order to keep all this equipment working. Unless these cables are stored away neatly, they could represent a risk of injuries by tripping.
What’s more, people walking or tripping over cables and items being rolled or dragged over them, can result in cables being damaged, which could then cause injuries by electrocution or fires.
So how should cables be stored?
The first consideration when assessing how should cables be stored, is the prevention of trip injuries. This means cables must be kept clear of passages and walkways.
If this is not an option for some reason, and cables do have to cross pathways, they should not be stretched taut, but laid neatly across the passage and covered with protective rubber strips.
These strips should be marked clearly as potential slip, trip and fall hazards. This will not only minimise the risk of injuries by trips and falls, but will also reduce the risk of cables being damaged.
How should cables be stored behind and under desks?
Behind and underneath desks, it is important to keep cables contained in an orderly manner to prevent:
- Slips, trips and falls by employees getting their feet caught in them
- Tangled cables becoming a fire hazard by internal wires repeatedly bending in the same place and eventually breaking
This can be quite easily achieved by using ‘cable tidy’ gadgets.
Office workers must be protected by their employers against the risk of being injured by accidents at work. As such, employers have to carry out risk assessments and take any necessary steps to minimise identified risks. This should include suitable answers to the question ‘How should cables be stored?’.
If such steps are not taken, and employees are subsequently injured by tripping and falling, electrocution or fire, the victims of such workplace accidents could be entitled to make work injury claims.
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In other words, if you are injured by tripping over an incorrectly stored cable or sustain an injury by electrocution or a fire caused by a damaged cable, you could be eligible to make an industrial injury claim.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice