When considering accidents at work, we often think of slips, trips and falls, but rarely of the dangers associated with the daily tea round.
Considered by many workers as an integral element of the working day, the daily tea round is a common office tradition across many UK organisations.
It’s such a calming, soothing part of the day, the relief of taking a break to have a cuppa. With such associated serenity, just how can the daily tea round cause occupational injuries?
The risks of the daily tea round
Consider the task undertaken during the daily tea round and you will immediately begin to see the dangers involved.
Common risks associated with the daily tea round include, but are not limited to:
- kettle burns
- food poisoning from expired milk
- slips and falls due to spillages
- electrocution due to faulty appliances
- burns from spills
The law and the daily tea round
One important thing to remember is that UK employers are not legally required to grant tea breaks to employees.
While many employers do allow workers to make tea and other refreshments during the day, some of the dangers associated with the daily tea round the employer cannot be held liable for.
That being said, your employer does have a legal obligation to ensure your health and safety. Therefore, if they supply a kettle in the staff room, this should be safety checked and maintained to a level safe for use.
Likewise, all employers have a responsibility to ensure appropriate general housekeeping standards. All reported spills and leaks should be cleared up in a time effective manner to prevent workplace slips and falls.
Claiming compensation for accidents at work
If you have been involved in an accident at work, and you believe that your employer is to blame, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for the harm and distress you have had to endure.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we offer a free initial consultation for victims of personal injury. During this initial consultation, we uncover the basics of the case with you. This enables us to determine both where liability may lie, and your eligibility to claim.
Getting in touch with us
For more information, speak with one of our specialist advisors today via our freephone helpline number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice