Falls and trips are the number one most common work-related accident, but why is it that they are so common? Are people clumsier at work, or do workplaces simply have many more hazards than our homes? It’s probably down to a number of factors.
Hazards in the workplace
Firstly, workplaces do generally tend to be more cluttered than the average home. In an office, for example, there may be many computers, all of which have to be rigged up with power cables, printers and other devices.
Each desk will have drawers that can be carelessly left open, and every member of staff will have bags and other items that they leave beside their desks. This is not to mention small tables, boxes, electrical devices and other tripping hazards that may be left lying around the work-space.
Workplace kitchens are often used by a lot of people who may be more careless than they would be at home, perhaps leaving mess behind to be cleaned up by the cleaners later. Finally, it is also possible that our work itself can busy our minds so that we fail to pay attention to what’s in front of us. Many people will walk around the office reading documents or thinking of other things, not looking at their feet.
What to do if you have fallen at work
Trips and falls at work can often mean nothing but a grazed knee, but unfortunately sometimes they can also mean far more serious injuries such as concussions, head injuries, spinal injuries, sprains and even broken bones. If you have been injured at work due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
If you’d like to find out whether your injury may be due to employer negligence, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline today. They have over thirteen years of experience in dealing with people just like you, and they’ll be able to give a strong indication of whether or not your claim would be successful.
If you choose to go ahead, your claim will most likely be completed over the telephone with no need to personally attend court, and on a no win, no fee basis. There’s no obligation to make a claim by calling, and our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
As our patron, consumer champion Esther Rantzen says, ‘If you’ve been hurt, and someone else was negligent and is to blame, you should be compensated. Everyone should have access to justice.’
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown