Your employer has a duty to protect you in your workplace, and this includes offices and communal areas such as kitchens or rest rooms. If your offices are being renovated, it is important that the staff who work there are looked after and protected from potential injury or illness that could be caused by construction activities. Full risk assessments should be completed before work commences to identify any potential dangers and remove or reduce them. In the event of major refurbishments, it may be necessary to move office staff to an alternative temporary building whilst the work is being carried out, as building sites are dangerous places and it is important to keep health and safety in mind.
If your office is being refurbished and you have been moved to temporary offices, it is important that you are safe in the temporary offices too, so make sure that you have proper fire drills and orientation soon after moving into them, even though you will only be there temporarily, as accidents could happen at any time. You should know where the fire exits and fire extinguishers are, where to meet in a fire evacuation, where the first aid box is and whether there are fire doors that must be kept shut for safety reasons. Your employer should make sure that you have the correct equipment to work with and an environment that is comfortable to work in with regard to temperature and light levels.
If you have to cross a building site or go into it for any reason whilst you are at work, you should be issued with the correct safety equipment and be fully trained in the places where you can walk safely and any potential danger. You should make sure that you stick to these instructions so that you are safe and do not cause a hazard for those working on the site that you are accessing. Safety equipment may include high visibility clothing, hard hats or safety shoes. Ensure that you wear them at all times, even if you think you’re safe without.
If your employer falls to provide you with safety training and protective equipment whilst your office renovations are going on, and you suffer an injury through an accident as a result of this negligence, then you may be able to claim compensation for any loss of earnings and suffering or distress that you undergo as a result of the accident.
Our professionals here at Accident Advice Helpline specialise in compensation claims and our advisers can help you to find out if you have a valid claim on a no win no fee basis. You have nothing to lose, as contacting our online compensation advisors does not cost you anything until you have won your case.
As long as you have followed any health and safety procedures that are in place during the office renovations, you may well have a valid claim and be able to obtain compensation for the injuries that you have sustained in order to cover your bills and support yourself and your family during any time that you are unable to work.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get started on making your claim.
Date Published: October 11, 2013
Author: David Brown