If someone asked you what the most dangerous workplace was in the UK today, you wouldn’t answer by saying ‘an office’. However while an office is undoubtedly one of the safer places you could work in, you may not be completely immune from the potential for an accident.
While millions of people head to work each day and go to offices all around the country, a few unlucky people might end up nursing an injury by the end of the day. Several thousand people are hurt in accidents in offices each year, and not all of those people are to blame for what happened.
Things do happen of course that are no one’s fault, but in some cases there are incidents where other people are to blame. Office falls might potentially occur if a hazard was present that hadn’t been dealt with for example.
Office falls can lead to a variety of injuries
Any fall could mean someone ends up with one or more injuries. For example they might be hurt if someone leaves a stack of papers or files piled up on the floor, especially in a walkway or corridor.
In another example someone might be injured if the floor is wet because someone has been spilled on it or it has been cleaned and there are no warning signs around to warn people of this. Office falls might also happen if computer or telephone wires are left to trail on the floor and they have not been tidied up or kept out of the way.
Accident Advice Helpline is one of many companies that has direct experience of hearing from people who have been involved in situations like these. A fall can happen within seconds and have a lasting effect, as we know only too well.
What can you do?
Obviously you will need to determine whether medical treatment is required for whatever injury you have sustained. However you should consider whether you have a chance of claiming any compensation as a result of your injuries as well. This is well worth considering because you might find you have a good case.
If you have suffered an office accident within the last three years, do make sure you call Accident Advice Helpline. We’re here on 0800 689 0500 and it could be a good call to make. Find out more about potential compensation claims now.
Date Published: August 13, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead