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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

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    Eye strain is very common in office environments. Computer screens, poor lighting and neglected eye care are top risks.

    Avoid an injury by:

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    • Make sure your desk or working environment is well lit
    • Minimise glare – glares on walls, glass and reflections on your computer screen
    • Adjust your computer display settings

    6,159 employees are injured every year handling, lifting or carrying items.

    Avoid an injury by:

    • Invest in a hand truck, a fork lift, or other equipment that can help lift heavy items
    • Guides and signs on how to lift correctly could be placed around the working environment

    (Source: RIDDOR)

    360 people were injured when they were trapped by something overturning or falling. Shelves are just one of the items which can pose a serious hazard.

    Avoid an injury by:

    • Not over stacking shelves
    • Double checking if shelves can support the weight
    • Place lighter items onto the top of the shelf, and heavier at the bottom

    (Source: RIDDOR)

    Broken office equipment can pose a high-level hazard risk, with broken office chairs and broken cutlery being very common.

    Avoid an injury by:

    • Identifying broken office equipment and tell your manager
    • Broken equipment should be clearly labelled as a hazard if it cannot be fixed or replaced immediately

    Broken office equipment can pose a high-level hazard risk, with broken office chairs and broken cutlery being very common.

    Avoid an injury by:

    • Identifying broken office equipment and tell your manager
    • Broken equipment should be clearly labelled as a hazard if it cannot be fixed or replaced immediately

    20,294 people were injured by slip hazards. Exposed cables on the floor and water spillages are top risks. Slipping can cause broken bones, concussion and slipped discs to name a few.

    Avoid an injury by:

    • Marking spills with a caution sign before clearing it up
    • Wires or cables that can’t be moved should be covered with cable guards

    (Source: RIDDOR)

    7,495 people we injured due to flying/falling objects. Files, plates, and unsecured items are the main offenders.

    Avoid an injury by:

    • Place heavier items at ground level and don’t over stack shelves
    • Check that items are always secured if placing on a higher level

    (Source: RIDDOR)



    62% of office workers experienced itchy or watery eyes, and 27% experienced breathing difficulties. Poor ventilation plays havoc with people’s allergies.

    Avoid injury by:

    • Make sure the area is well ventilated; open windows for fresh air
    • If using air filtration systems, ensure these are well maintained

    Source: Allergy UK

    Broken office equipment can pose a high-level hazard risk, with broken office chairs and broken cutlery being very common.

    Avoid an injury by:

    • Identifying broken office equipment and tell your manager
    • Broken equipment should be clearly labelled as a hazard if it cannot be fixed or replaced immediately

    183 people were injured due to fire hazards. Too many plugs in a single socket, kettles, burns and smoke inhalation are top issues here.

    Avoid an injury by:

    • Do not overload sockets
    • Ensure fire safety kit is well maintained

    20,294 people were injured by slip hazards. Exposed cables on the floor and water spillages are top risks. Slipping can cause broken bones, concussion and slipped discs to name a few.

    Avoid an injury by:

    • Marking spills with a caution sign before clearing it up
    • Wires or cables that can’t be moved should be covered with cable guards

    (Source: RIDDOR)

    62% of office workers experienced itchy or watery eyes, and 27% experienced breathing difficulties. Poor ventilation plays havoc with people’s allergies.

    Avoid injury by:

    • Make sure the area is well ventilated; open windows for fresh air
    • If using air filtration systems, ensure these are well maintained

    Source: Allergy UK

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    Date Published: June 29, 2017

    Author: David Brown

    Date Published: June 29, 2017

    Author: David Brown

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