Working from home is a great option for many busy professionals, as it gives us more flexibility in our working lifestyles, and a comfortable, familiar environment from which to work. Another benefit of working from home is that it eliminates the need for a commute, greatly reducing your chance of suffering a road traffic accident, or a slip, trip or a fall, on your way to the office. However, while our homes are considered our safe-havens and are highly familiar, as with any working environment it is important to take precautions to avoid suffering an accident at work.
What kind of hazardous equipment could be in my home?
Our kitchens are often the main source of hazardous equipment in our homes. It’s great to be able to prepare lunch in our kitchen when working at home, but it is important to ensure all cooking equipment is used safely. Even the most cautious of us are at risk of cutting ourselves when using knives and sharp objects. Similarly, if pot and pan handles are left sticking out at dangerous angles while cooking, you may accidentally knock into them and suffer a burn or scald. It is also important to mop up spills immediately, to prevent any nasty slips, trips and falls.
The bathroom is another place in the home that can contain hazardous equipment. Giving it a quick clean may seem like a good idea on your lunch hour, but the incorrect use of chemical cleaning products may lead to accidental poisoning. Similarly, it is also important to clean up any spillages to prevent an unwanted slip or fall.
What else could I be at risk of?
Slips and falls account for more than 1/3 of all injury deaths and they are the leading cause of home injuries. When working from home it is likely you will be remotely connected to your office through your computer. Be aware of any trailing computer cables, as well as TV wires, when walking around to prevent suffering an accident by tripping or falling.
If you have had an accident at work that was someone else’s fault, whether at home, or in any other working environment, Accident Advice Helpline can help. We have years of legal experience in the personal injury compensation industry, and our free telephone line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0800 689 0500. All claims are made on a strict no win no fee* basis, so get in touch with us today to see if you can claim compensation.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice