You’d assume an office was a safe place to work wouldn’t you? For the most part you would be right too. It is actually quite unusual for anyone working in this setting to suffer an accident of any kind.
This doesn’t mean it is impossible though. Often when an accident occurs it might be down to inattention or clumsiness of the person themselves. However some office staff injuries have other causes. It is these injuries that can be most upsetting because they are not the fault of the person who suffered the actual injury.
What kinds of office staff injuries might present themselves?
Injuries can be suffered in a myriad of different ways. For instance you could slip or trip while walking through the office if someone leaves an obstacle in your way. This could be a stool, a stack of paperwork or even loose cables from a computer or telephone.
You might also suffer an injury during a manual handling process, such as if you had to pick up and move stacks of files at a time or pick up a box of fresh paper for the printer.
In other examples repetitive strain injuries can also be suffered if you repeatedly do the same tasks every day. If you always work on a computer and your employer hasn’t done anything to ensure it is set at the right level or looked at the possibility of providing an ergonomic keyboard, you might end up with RSI that develops over the space of many months.
What can you do about it?
Whenever you suffer an injury at work it is important to figure out who was to blame. Sometimes things can happen that are no one’s fault, but often someone will be found to be at fault in some way.
For example your employer must ensure the workplace is safe for everyone to use. Risk assessments can help in this respect. If they are not done, or the recommendations from those assessments are not adhered to, the employer could be found negligent.
If you suspect this might be the case for you, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500. We have 15 years’ experience of dealing with similar cases. There is a good chance we might be able to help deal with yours as well, and guide you towards a successful claim for compensation.
Date Published: August 13, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead