How safe is the office you work in? Most offices are very safe indeed, but if inadequate care is taken to ensure this is the case, there are all kinds of hazards that could potentially be present. Think of trailing wires, piles of paperwork, open office drawers and so on. Any one of these could end up causing one or more workers to have an accident.
In reality, if everyone does their bit to make sure their office space is kept tidy and safe, there will be little chance of any accidents or mishaps taking place. Identifying the potential hazards is the first step, as this makes it much easier to avoid them.
Get rid of clutter
A safe office environment is easier to achieve when there is no clutter in the workspace. Clutter can cause people to trip or slip over. A single piece of paper on the floor could cause you to slip if you tread on it. If your office has boxes of paperwork stacked on the floor, not to mention bags and other personal items, they all provide chances to slip or fall over.
Making sure the proper equipment is available at all times is another major plus point to achieve. For example, we’ve all stood on chairs to get what we need from a high cupboard, instead of taking the time to find a stepladder that is designed for the job. But chairs are not designed to be used to stand on, and many people have been hurt by trying to take this shortcut.
Do you have a safe office environment?
It’s a question that is well worth asking. Safety can be achieved in many ways. Keeping the office space clean and tidy will go a long way to ensuring no one is injured in any way. Mopping up spillages, providing proper ergonomic chairs and making sure all electrical equipment is properly serviced are just three examples of things that can help.
Of course, you may be reading this because you have already been hurt while working in an office. If this occurred in the past three-year period, you should call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. If you have a good case, it may be taken by a lawyer with experience in similar cases where people have been hurt at work. Call now to find out more.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead