Tripping over can happen to anyone. It can also be anything from mildly embarrassing to very painful, depending on whether you can catch yourself before you fall. However even if you do manage to do this while tripping over in your office, you could still potentially break a toe.
Office trip injuries are very uncomfortable and yet they can usually be prevented. Often the hazards that cause such trips are entirely avoidable. For example if the floor is uneven you could catch your foot on the lower portion as you start to move onto the higher portion. This alone can cause a nasty trip. Similarly a hole in the office carpet could be all it takes to send someone into a trip and fall.
Leaving things in the way
We’ve all put bags down without thinking at times – shopping bags, handbags and briefcases. However these can be a major tripping hazard, either for ourselves or for others. Your employer should make it clear that they expect to have a tidy office at all times. This includes making sure the walkways are always clear of obstructions, since this can minimise the chances of office trip injuries happening.
Accident Advice Helpline has been all too aware of what can happen if potential tripping hazards are not dealt with. We’ve spoken to people with broken toes and other injuries that have been caused in this way. They would have been so easy to prevent, and yet someone is left with an injury that could cause them significant problems in the time ahead.
This is clearly the best way to go about things. Every employer should make sure a proper risk assessment is completed so no employee is in any potential danger of slipping over at any time. This is easier than it sounds, and once the potential hazards are identified, appropriate methods can be used to ensure they are no longer a hazard in the future.
Of course it may be too late for you if you’ve already experienced an injury caused by tripping over in your office. In this case, make sure you call us at Accident Advice Helpline today.
You need just one number – 0800 689 0500 – and there is no cost to call us. Make sure you find out whether a compensation claim might actually be successful in your case by calling now.
Date Published: August 13, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead