Most people enjoy a good office party, but the outcome can be anything but enjoyable in some isolated cases. A lack of health and safety can potentially lead to mistakes being made and injuries occurring. The employer has a duty to make sure everyone in attendance has a good time and can do so safely, and if that doesn’t happen, they could be found negligent as a result.
Hosting a party in the office can potentially be fraught with hazards. Remember, this is the place you work in, so it isn’t designed for a party. However, there could be ways to make changes to make the area safer and to ensure office party safety isn’t compromised.
Can you serve alcohol?
Alcohol can make it more likely things will go wrong. Some people may not know their limits, nor will they stick to them. In other instances, you need to be sure no one who is under age has access to alcohol. As such, it is a good idea for one or two people to be responsible for staying sober and ensuring the company rules and regulations are still followed at all times.
It is also a good idea to consider whether there is enough space to hold everyone who will be attending the office party. Office party safety can be more difficult to achieve if there are lots of people all crammed into a small space. It is far better to spread out and be more relaxed in a larger space, so think this through beforehand.
Focus on having a good time
As you can see, it is understandable that some employers opt to hire alternative premises rather than to hold a party in the office itself. Not only does this remove the party from the workplace, it also gives them the opportunity to look for a suitable space to use.
However, employers are still responsible for the safety of their employees. To this end, if you’ve suffered an injury at an office party and you think someone else was responsible for causing it, you might have cause to make a compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline handles claims resulting from accidents like these. The first step is to call our free enquiry line on 0800 689 0500. We may be able to represent you with a suitable lawyer who can take on your case now.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead