When you consider accidents at work, you often think of falls on construction sites, or severe machinery-related incidents. That being said, accidents in office-based roles regularly occur. A knowledge of the common office safety complaints can help minimise this risk of avoidable injury, through educated prevention.
What are the common office safety complaints?
To think of some of the more common office safety complaints, you only have to allow your mind to conjure up the type of environment you are working in. We take a look at five of the most common office-related accidents and injuries:
- Electrical cables, which are not adequately tied, can lead to trips and falls in the workplace, causing myriad injuries or varying severity. This is also true of poorly maintained flooring and spills, and wet hard floor due to adverse weather conditions.
- One of the most notorious office safety complaints is the risk of employees sustaining back injuries and other forms of repetitive strain injuries. These usually occur due to poor ergonomic practices. The risk of sustaining an RSI can be minimised by undertaking a thorough workplace assessment, which will bring to light the needs of each and every employee on an individual basis.
- Employees in office-related roles often find their environment uncomfortable. Whether the office is too humid, too cold, or overly dusty, the employer should work to ensure that workers can work in a clean space of optimum temperature.
- Office workers are sometimes required to undertake heavy lifting. To prevent workplace accidents, it is important that all employees receive adequate training on how to safely lift items of varying sizes and weights.
- Strikes to the head are also common office safety complaints. In an office environment, shelves are typically brimming with books, manuals, and guidance folders. These can very easily fall onto workers causing various head injuries, including concussion.
Claiming compensation for office accidents
If you have sustained an injury at work and you believe your employer is liable for the harm you have suffered, you may be able to claim compensation.
For more information and to receive a free initial consultation, speak with one of our friendly advisors today via our freephone helpline number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience. What’s more there’s never any pressure to pursue your claim at any point during or following your call to us.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice