Working from home is a great way to balance your professional needs around your home life. Turning your study or living room into your office can seem like a more relaxing way to get the job done. However, it is important to be aware that no working environment is 100 per cent risk free, and that work accidents can occur in the home just as much as elsewhere.
The top five potential accident claims in the home include, but are not limited to:
- Slips trips and falls
- Accidental poisoning
- Suffocating and choking
As an adult, slips, trips and falls are likely to be the number one accident at work that you are at risk of when working from home. It is easy to forget about mopping up a spill in the bathroom, or to leave a computer wire trailing at an unsafe angle, while you deal with an urgent request from your boss. This can later cause you to suffer an unexpected trip or fall.
Similarly, when working from home you are more likely to use your kitchen to make lunch, rather than pop out for a sandwich as you might do at the office. However, be aware that leaving food to cook unattended can increase your chance of starting a house fire, so do your best not to get distracted whilst using the stove.
Additionally, it may seem like a great idea to give the house a clean on your lunch hour, but bear in mind that accidental ingestion of strong cleaning products can lead to accidental poisoning, while a spillage may cause a nasty slip or a fall.
What can I do to protect myself when working from home?
As with all working environments, the most important thing you can do to prevent suffering a work-related injury at home, is to minimise the risk of potential hazards. Ensure that your work space is set up safely, and don’t allow yourself to be distracted from cooking, or potential slip and trip hazards, by a ringing phone or an urgent email.
If you have suffered a work related injury at home, or in any other environment, you may be entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm specialising in personal injury compensation with years of experience in the industry. There is a wealth of information on our website, and you can also speak to our specialist advisors for free by telephone on 0800 689 0500. We work on a strict 100 per cent no win no fee* basis, so get in touch to see if you can claim compensation.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice