How safe are you working in an office? In reality you should be very safe – after all, there are jobs that are potentially more dangerous than this, such as construction and farming for example. However, this does not automatically mean every office environment is perfectly safe to work in. They normally are, but there could potentially be cases where people are put in an environment where injuries could happen.
For example, a common hazard in an office involves leads trailing out from computers, printers and other similar equipment. These should all be tidied away and out of sight so no one has an opportunity to trip over them. A simple fall could result in a serious injury. You could bang your head on a desk or even fall down a flight of stairs if you are close to the top of some stairs when you fall.
What other hazards could potentially be present in an office environment?
Office staff injury compensation could be paid to people who are injured in a variety of different ways. We have already mentioned trip hazards but other things could potentially happen as well. For example while electrocution is exceptionally rare it can still happen. If it does it can lead to serious problems for the person involved, and even be fatal if the shock is significant enough.
In other cases it might be possible for someone to experience injuries over a long-term period of time. Since office work regularly involves the use of computers, a work station that is not ergonomic could potentially lead to the people using it developing such conditions as RSI. This stands for repetitive strain injury and it could mean that person experiences pain in their wrists and hands that limits the way they can use them.
Are you entitled to office staff injury compensation?
You could find you are entitled to make a claim if you have firm evidence that your employer has been negligent in some way. If they have not provided a safe workplace there is a greater chance your claim might be successful.
Finding support via the team at Accident Advice Helpline could be easier than you think. Calling 0800 689 0500 means you have an opportunity to get in touch with us today, so you can see whether a no win, no fee* claim could mean compensation for you.
Date Published: September 17, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead