Many people work in an office of some kind. It could be an open-plan office arrangement or in separate cubicles or rooms. It might be a small office with six or seven people working in it or a much larger office where dozens of people all work together throughout the day.
In every case though, the person in charge of that office and business has a duty of care to look after everyone who works there. They must follow the health and safety laws to ensure there are no hazards anywhere nearby.
Tripping on cables in the office must surely be one of the more likely things to go wrong in this situation. Many items of office equipment have cables attached, such as computers, printers and copiers, not to mention telephones and routers. As such these cables need to be properly organised to ensure no one is in any danger of tripping over them.
Typical injuries caused by tripping on cables in the office
Tripping and slipping are common occurrences indeed, and they do not always occur through any fault of anyone else. However when you trip on a cable there is the potential to suffer an injury you will find very painful.
If you fall over you could hurt your hands or hit your head on the way down. Even if you are able to catch yourself before you fall you could end up injuring a hand, wrist or arm, or hurting one or both feet in some way.
Accident Advice Helpline considers many potential claims where people have been hurt while working in an office. It may seem to be an innocent place to work but all in all it can be potentially hazardous if hazards like these cables are not properly dealt with.
Finding out if you could claim
While some injuries might heal in no time at all, others may potentially be more problematic. For example you might end up struggling to recover from a wrist injury that makes it more difficult and more painful to type.
Whatever the situation may be and however you were injured, make sure you get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline if your injuries happened within the last three years. Call us on 0800 689 0500 to find out if we can help you with your situation after a fall like this.
Date Published: August 7, 2015
Author: Rob Steen