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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

    Precautions to take when using a coffee machine at work


    Using a coffee machine at work is the lifeblood of millions of offices up and down the country. The ability to quickly get your caffeine fix is a vital part of office routine for millions. However, for such a simple task, there are a surprising amount of hidden dangers.

    What are the main dangers of using a coffee machine at work?

    • Malfunctioning machinery: The first and most obvious, danger of using a coffee machine at work is that it malfunctions. Whilst calling out a professional to install the machine may seem like overkill, it also minimises risk. At the very least, it should be done by a senior team member comfortable with the task.
    • Improper use: Even if you are happy with the installation, you still need to ensure the coffee machine is used properly. Not every member of staff will be used to dealing with one. Others may not be familiar with the specific model or brand. Therefore, it’s prescient to attach a set of guidelines along with the coffee machine. These should be fixed nearby in an easy to see location. Ideally, they should include pictures and illustrations as well as written instructions.
    • Boiling water: Even if the coffee machine is used perfectly, that’s not the end of the potential hazards. A steaming hot cup of coffee is every bit as dangerous as the machine itself. The work kitchen should be completely clear of slip, trip and fall hazards. ‘Caution: Hot’ signs may also be necessary. It may be obvious that the water will be hot, but this is about taking every step to protect your staff and business.

    What can I do if I am injured using a coffee machine at work?

    The first step, of course, is to get any injuries treated. After that, it’s worth considering the following questions as you may be due work injury compensation:

    1. Did the accident occur within the last three years? This is the standard cut-off point for work accident claims of this nature.
    2. Was the accident someone else’s fault? For example, the machine was faulty.
    3. Has a medical professional confirmed that the injuries were caused by the accident?

    Answer yes to all three and you should call Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert advisors will discuss your claim further in a no-obligation consultation. For more, call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.

    Date Published: April 18, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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