Many jobs carry a high risk of injury. You may think that you’d be safe in an office, but offices are actually among the most common settings for accidents at work and work-related injuries. In order to protect employees, company managers must enforce protocols to prevent office injuries.
If you’ve been injured at work, and you weren’t at fault for your injuries, you may be able to claim compensation.
Protocols to prevent office injuries
Offices may seem like perfectly innocent places, but office accidents are much more common than you may think. In order to reduce the risk of accidents, directors and office managers must adopt protocols to prevent office injuries.
Examples of protocols to prevent office injuries include:
- Carrying out regular risk assessments
- Ensuring that spillages are cleared up quickly and a warning sign is placed on the wet floor
- Adhering to fire safety measures
- Ensuring any issues, such as broken equipment, are addressed immediately
- Providing ergonomically designed office furniture, for example, adjustable desks and chairs
- Promoting regular breaks and good posture
- Recording details of every accident
- Encouraging healthy living
- Providing eye care software
Common office injuries
Protocols to prevent office injuries should be in place to minimise the risk of accidents including slips, trips and falls and falls from height. Injuries caused by falls can range from minor cuts and bruising to severe head and spinal injuries.
In addition, company bosses should take steps to reduce the risk of common work-related illnesses and injuries including:
- Back and neck pain
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
Can I claim compensation for an office accident?
If you’ve been injured at work and you were not at fault, you have the right to claim work accident compensation. If you can prove that your employer was negligent, for example, they failed to use protocols to prevent office injuries, you should be awarded work injury compensation.
If you’ve had a work accident in the last three years and you would like to find out more about making a personal injury claim, call Accident Advice Helpline.
We have more than 15 years of experience in handling work illness claims and we can help you to claim with minimal stress. The money you are awarded could help to relieve financial pressures brought about by taking time off work.
Call us now on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to discuss your claim with our friendly advisors.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice