Office fall injuries are an all-too common occurrence. Offices can be busy working environments, with a lot of people moving to and fro. In open plan situations there is an even greater danger for staff to come to grief.
All it takes is for an arch-lever file to be removed from a cabinet, then left behind below a desk, for someone else to come along and trip over it. During the fall, there is the possibility of their head striking a sharp object, such as the edge of a filing cabinet, or the corner of a desk.
Offices are often the setting for impromptu celebrations. There may be occasions such as individual promotions, or social events such as birthdays, or engagements. These are often used as an excuse for staff to congregate.
While these are often valuable in terms of bonding, whenever there is any amount of alcohol being consumed there is always the danger of people slipping over. When a lot of people have been drinking, dealing with an injury can be difficult, as colleagues hinder the progress of the trained first-aid staff.
How office fall injuries can be prevented
Anyone who has ever worked in an office will appreciate that even the most seemingly innocuous of environments can contain hidden dangers. There will be electronic machinery, such as photocopiers, fax machines, computers, Modems, laptops and shredders, each with its own power lead snaking across the carpet tiles towards adapters.
These should be firmly fixed to the ground, with cable ties ensuring multiple wires are cordoned. But wear and tear can ensure that these objects become loosened. They can easily cause someone to trip. General clutter – files, manuals, cardboard boxes and so on, will have the same effect.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today
As you recover from injuries sustained during a fall at your place of work, you might have considered whether or not someone else should be held responsible. If you feel that there is evidence of negligence, and provided the accident occurred within the last three years, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline in the first instance.
By phoning our free hotline on 0800 689 0500 we can guarantee that your details will be referred to our team of qualified compensation claim solicitors for assessment. You may well be eligible for a no win, no fee claim.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen