A fire in any situation can be a dangerous thing, even in a controlled environment. It can cause smoke inhalation and severe burns, amongst many other severe accident claims. But, a workplace fire where there are a lot of other people and electrical equipment, such as an office, is especially dangerous. This is where many accident at work claims get serious.
How can a workplace fire cause an accident at work claim?
There are many ways a workplace fire can be caused. One of the main ones in an office would be through a malfunctioning electrical item, whether it is a computer, heater, or other gadget. A small spark in an electrical circuit is all an appliance needs to start a fire. Another cause of fires in workplaces is ignorance or lack of health and safety within work. This could be from a member of staff leaving an appliance on and unattended, to someone smoking near a flammable liquid or item. Either way these are accidents at work which could easily be avoided.
How to avoid these accidents at work claims?
First and foremost, make sure that all electrics are fully working and are tested periodically to check for any faults before they occur. This will reduce the malfunctioning rate of the appliances and not only mean a more efficient work place, but also a less dangerous one with less accident at work injuries. Also, make sure all staff are aware of health and safety protocols and make sure they are adhered to at all times. Health and safety was not introduced to make life difficult, it is there to prevent accidents at work and to protect the workers.
But, if a workplace fire does break out, do not try to tackle it yourself if it is larger than a waste paper bin. Sound the fire alarm, evacuate the building, and leave it to the professionals. If you try to put it out you could find yourself with a more severe accident at work claim than you would have if you had simply evacuated the place.
If you do have an accident at work that wasn’t your fault speak to Accident Advice Helpline on their freephone number – 0800 689 0500 – to find out how you could make an accident at work injury claim for compensation.
Date Published: January 9, 2014
Author: David Brown