When considering the nature of potential accidents at work, it is unlikely that you think of general tasks, such as moving offices, as a health hazard. Yet, the activities involved in such activities can lead to workers becoming injured whilst moving offices.
It may not quite meet the dangers of working on oil rigs or asbestos in times gone by, but general office maintenance can lead to myriad work-related accidents, including slips, trips and falls as well as repetitive strain injuries.
Is my employer liable if I am injured whilst moving offices?
If your employer has requested that you help with your office move, and you haven’t been given adequate training, be this lifting or handling or an industry-specific task, it is likely that they have failed in their duty of care and you could be able to claim personal injury compensation.
Every employer has a legal responsibility to ensure workers’ health and safety. When you are asked to undertake physical tasks, such as lifting boxes or equipment into new offices, you must be shown how to do this correctly, to place minimum strain on your body.
What’s more, if you have been given a new desk or seating, you need to have a workplace assessment to ensure that you are in an optimum ergonomic position.
Claiming compensation for a work-related injury or illness
When you are injured whilst moving offices or due to any other workplace accident, Accident Advice Helpline could be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve for the harm and distress you have endured.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have years of experience, assisting victims of work-related personal injury. No matter the nature of your claim, if you are able to prove you are not liable, we will help you determine if you have a claim worth pursuing.
Getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline
For your convenience, Accident Advice Helpline’s Freephone number operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our trained advisors are always happy to take your call and offer a free initial consultation to discuss the fundamentals of your work-related injury claim. Following this call, should we mutually agree to go forward, your case will be assigned to a member of our specialist legal team.
Call us today on freephone number 0800 689 0500 for your free initial consultation and to start the personal injury claims process.
Date Published: November 13, 2015
Author: David Brown