You’d think the dangers of working in an office would relate to paper cuts and similar, very minor incidents. However, there are potential risks that could crop up that you may never have thought of before.
The main areas of concern
- Slipping over. This is easily done, and it can potentially happen if the floor is not kept clear of hazards. For example, a few sheets of paper on the floor could lead someone to slip if they happen to tread on them, especially if the floor itself is slippery too. Similarly, spillages should be promptly dealt with to avoid further chances of someone slipping over.
- Trips. Tripping over can be just as easy to do as slipping over. Again, it is all down to how many potential hazards there might be in the surrounding area. The employer has a duty to ensure there are no trip hazards, and they should do a risk assessment to highlight this and other potential hazards.
- Falls. Falling over is far from funny for many of us. It could refer to a fall from a chair, if a proper step-stool or ladder is not provided for accessing tall cupboards or wall cabinets. It might also mean falling over an obstacle at ground level.
- Electrocution. This is thankfully extremely rare. Yet one of the dangers of working in an office involves working with electrical equipment. When you think about it, computers, phones and printers all need an electrical supply. They should all therefore be safe to use.
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI). This is one of the more common things to happen among those who use computers on a regular basis and do a lot of typing.
What can you do if you have received such an injury?
In order to have a chance of making a compensation claim, you must have sustained the injury within the last three years. If you are unsure whether you might actually have a claim or not, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to clarify things for you. By calling us on 0800 689 0500, you can find out whether our years of experience will assist in helping you make a no win, no fee claim. We could represent you with a professional injury compensation lawyer, so call us today to see if we can do just that.
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead