Working in an office is not typically classed as a high risk occupation. This does not mean, however, that office employees are not at risk of injuries at work. Having defective equipment lying around can cause myriad work-related accidents and injuries.
Many work injuries sustained in offices are the result of electrocution by defective equipment. Computers, photocopiers and other electric or electronic equipment must therefore be maintained properly and be in full working order at all times.
In addition to carrying out regular maintenance and repairs, the electrical safety of such equipment should also be checked by qualified personnel at regular intervals. This also applies to other electrical items often found in offices, such as, for instance, coffee and tea making facilities; microwave ovens in break rooms or canteens; light fittings, vacuum cleaners, and so on.
Duty of care
Employers have a duty of care to ensure employees are not at risk of injury by faulty equipment by ensuring safety checks and maintenance are carried out regularly and any necessary repairs are carried out immediately. Employees can make this duty easier by reporting instances of defective equipment as soon as possible. Should you have a work accident involving defective equipment because this duty has been neglected you may qualify for work injury compensation.
Other office risks
Accidents at work in offices are by no means restricted to injuries by defective equipment. Slips, trips and falls are, as a matter of fact, the most common causes of office accidents.
Preventing office incidents
An employer’s duty to prevent employees being injured at work also includes the responsibility to identify slip, trip and fall hazards through risk assessments and either removing the identified risks, or ensuring employees are warned of such risks by placing adequate warning signs, cones or painted warnings into the risk area.
Employees are also required to prevent injuries by slipping, tripping or falling by:
- Keeping pathways, stairs, etc free of clutter
- Wiping up or clearly marking spills or wet areas with cones or signs
- Reporting potential slip, fall or trip hazards immediately
Should you suffer a work related injury because your employer or one of your colleagues neglected their duty of care, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice