You might think that an office is a fairly safe place to work and in comparison with working in a building site or in a warehouse, you’d be right. However, there are hazards in any workplace, including offices, which can lead to accidents and many of these hazards can be avoided by keeping your office clean and tidy.
Causes of office accidents
You’d be surprised how many accidents can occur in an office due to an untidy setup – here are some of the most common causes of office accidents:
- Slips, trips or falls – this can be due to loose cables stretched across the floor or walkways and offices obstructed with boxes, files or other hazards. Loose floor tiles are also a major cause of slips and trips at work as are wet surfaces caused by spillages
- Scalds and burns – these can be caused by a slip, trip or fall where the individual in question is carrying hot liquid such as tea or coffee
- Falls from height – climbing a stepladder or on a chair to reach files that are high up could lead to a fall from height, particularly if the ladder or chair is on an unstable surface
- Electrical hazards – spilling drinks on your desk onto computers or electrical equipment could lead to an accident
- Accidents involving office equipment – if office equipment such as printers and photocopiers is not well maintained, accidents can occur
As you can see, an office can be a risky place to work if not kept tidy and clean. This is why it’s important to make sure you put things away and keep your office tidy and free from hazards which could lead to an accident.
Claiming compensation for an accident at the office
If you’re injured in an accident at work and you believe somebody else is to blame, you could consider claiming compensation. You’ll need to prove your accident was directly caused by your employer’s negligence and in order to do this, hiring the services of a personal injury lawyer is a great idea. Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyers operate on a 100% no win, no fee* basis and you can call us today for confidential advice on claiming or to begin the process. We’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and our patron, Esther Rantzen, who you may know from TV, highly recommends our services. Our freephone helpline is open 24/7 and one of our expert advisors is waiting to take your call today.
Date Published: February 23, 2014
Author: David Brown