Many accidents that occur in daily life could easily be prevented if only people had taken a different course of action. A good example of this would be in an office environment. Let’s suppose someone opens their drawer, takes something out and then forgets to close it. Later on they leave their desk and tuck their chair in. The desk drawer however, is still open. This would definitely cause a hazard to be present that someone else could end up falling victim to.
It doesn’t matter if the person who left the drawer open did it without thinking. The main point to remember is that tripping over an open desk drawer could result in that person being injured. The person who left it like that in the first place was clearly negligent in their behaviour.
Examples of injuries that might result from a situation like this
It is difficult to ascertain the kinds of injury you could expect if you were injured in a situation similar to this. Tripping over an open desk drawer could result in wounds to your ankles, legs and arms and hands, depending on exactly how you fall. You might end up with some painful injuries that take some time to heal. In some cases the wounded person could be hurt and have to take time off work to heal – not something they would have wanted.
Taking time off might sound appealing but no one wants to be injured in their workplace. An office seems to be a fairly innocent and safe place to work, but as we can see nothing could be further from the truth if appropriate health and safety measures are not in place.
What does the employer have to do?
The employer has a duty to make sure their premises and office spaces are safe for their workers to work in each day. If certain potential hazards, such as an open drawer, were identified in a risk assessment, they should notify the staff so they are aware of the danger. This alert should mean there are fewer chances for accidents to happen.
If you have been unfortunate though, you can still call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to learn whether you might speak with a professional injury compensation lawyer. This will ensure you can get the proper legal advice you need at this stage.
Date Published: August 22, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead