Tripping in an untidy office is wholly avoidable, yet the situation causes injuries to the UK’s workforce on a daily basis. Management in any company have a duty of care to their staff, and that includes risk assessing potential dangers.
Where there are many items haphazardly stacked on floor space – personal belongings, files, cardboard boxes – as well as necessary equipment such as telephones or photocopiers, it is easy to identify where there is insufficient space for employees to negotiate safe passage.
Rectifying the situation is easier said than done. Too often employers or supervisors fail to react to a situation until after a colleague has taken a tumble over an untidy floor area. The consequences can also be considerable, should the victim crash into some hard object and receive a blow to the head.
Anyone witnessing the unfortunate incident may also feel traumatized by the experience. The person involved may well require hospital treatment, and be subject to post-traumatic symptoms. Accidents like this can easily be pre-empted during a risk assessment of any office environment.
Tripping in an untidy office can lead to many injuries. Depending on where the incident occurs, the victim could then plummet down a flight of stairs. They could crack their head on nearby desks or electronic equipment. The impact might cause everything from cuts and bruising to broken bones.
Another aspect, that will be less apparent, is the prospect of the individual suffering from psychological stress. They might be left extremely shaken by the incident at the time. But more intense feelings of shock or anxiety might not strike until much later on.
Let Accident Advice Helpline help you
Suffering the indignity of falling over in front of office colleagues is no laughing matter. You could have been left with serious injuries. If you would like to investigate whether or not your circumstances would merit some form of recompense, you should phone 0800 689 0500.
This will put you through to Accident Advice Helpline. We have been assessing accidents just like yours for more than 14 years. We will refer your case to our team of professional claims lawyers, who will be able to advise if you would qualify for compensation.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen