Though many modern offices are buying into the ‘wireless’ craze, the truth is that wireless connections are just not as speedy or reliable as their physical counterparts (not yet anyway). So in the majority of offices, cables and wires will be a familiar presence. In the average office the sheer amount of equipment will mean an increasing amount of cables, which can be a deceptive hazard in the workplace. In fact, it’s a surprisingly common scenario that finds an employee catching their feet on a rogue ethernet cable and taking a tumble. When you factor in the amount of sharp corners and hard surfaces in the average office, serious injuries are not unlikely. If you suffer an injury at your place of work as a result of loose cabling that is not clearly marked and which has not been placed by yourself, you should be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation. At Accident Advice Helpline, we are determined to offer claimants the kind of one-on-one, specialist service that they deserve.
Preventing your employees from falling over cables in the office
The most thorough form of prevention would of course be to ‘go wireless’, but we understand this is a costly procedure that could put the office out of operation for a couple of days whilst the new systems are installed. A cheaper and far less invasive idea would be to first do a sweep of the office, unplugging and getting rid of any electrical machines that are no longer in use. Once the office has been stripped back to just the essential electrical machines (computers, printers etc.), use cable clips to keep your cabling tidy and try to tuck as much of it as possible underneath desks and cupboards where it can’t be seen and won’t be tripped over. No loose cabling should ever be left trailing across the open floor as this could lead to a serious accident. If this does happen though, Accident Advice Helpline are here to pick up the pieces.
Filing a claim with Accident Advice Helpline
Though the idea of filing a personal injury claim for tripping over some cables in the office might seem a little daunting, you have to take into account two things: First of all if you do nothing, there’s no impetus for your employer to fix the problem so it will probably end up happening again to someone else. Also when it comes to making a claim, the cause of an injury is inconsequential when compared to the extent of the injury itself. If you’ve been seriously injured due to loose wires or cables at work, make a call to Accident Advice Helpline. We’re a law firm who specialise in making personal injury claims on behalf of people who suffer injury in the workplace. Our experts are ready and waiting to take your call 24/7.
Date Published: October 5, 2013
Author: David Brown