According to the CDC (the US Centers for Disease Control), trips are the number one accident in office environments. In fact, people who work in an office are 50% more likely to injure themselves by tripping up than any other type of worker. Offices may look innocuous, but in fact they can be littered with dangers, which mostly lurk on the floor in the form of loose carpeting and cables.
Safe storage of cables to prevent accidents
In our own homes, we’re likely to simply drag cables to plugs in any way we want to. This only works, however, because there aren’t half as many cables in our own home as there are in an office. An office needs a secure system whereby the cables are kept away from the floor, and pinned to either the desks or the skirting boards as they travel around the room. The best way of doing this is to have the cables from each workstation go directly into the floor, but this is not always possible for older office buildings. In that case, cables should be pinned to the back of desks, and ideally enclosed in a cable tidy. Any areas where the cables travel directly across the paths between the desks should be minimised. An alternative is creating enclosed plastic pillars to house cables, which travel from each workstation and up to the ceiling. From there, the cables can safely travel to the power source without creating a tripping hazard.
What happens if you are injured by a cable at work?
Many British people have a tendency to underplay their injuries, especially if they are received in the workplace. Tripping over can result in serious injuries such as sprains, back problems, head injuries, and even broken limbs, and should always be taken seriously.
If you have been injured in an office environment and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. Accident Advice Helpline can help you find out if you could be entitled, and how much compensation you’re likely to be entitled to. For a quick guide, check the 30-second test on our website, which will give you a good idea of whether or not you’re likely to be entitled to anything. Alternatively, to receive free, no-obligation advice from one of our expert advisers call our free helpline on 0800 689 0500. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation. For over thirteen years, we’ve been helping people to claim the compensation they are legally entitled to.