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Who’s liable if you injure yourself because of a collapsed chair at work?


As a rule, employers’ responsibility to protect workers against accidents at work means if someone is injured at work, they are liable. There are, however, times when your employer may not be liable. You could, for instance, be at fault yourself, or a colleague’s acts or behaviour may have caused your injury. Who is liable for injuries at work caused by a collapsed chair therefore depends on the circumstance surrounding your work accident.


Collapsed chair scenario one

If, for example, you ignored safety procedures and existing climbing aids, such as ladders, and steps, for example, ‘built’ a platform from which to access something at height and were subsequently hurt at work by your ‘platform’ and the chair collapsing, you would be at fault yourself. Here, no-one else would be liable for your office accident.


Collapsing chair scenario two

Should your accident in the office have been due to your employer knowing your chair was damaged, faulty or otherwise potentially dangerous, but doing nothing to prevent you having a workplace accident, such as replacing the chair, your employer could be held liable for your work injury.


Collapsed chair scenario three

If your chair was new, but collapsed because it was defective, the manufacturer or supplier of the chair could be liable for any work-related injuries you sustained as the result of this chair collapsing.


Chair collapsed scenario four

There are times when colleagues play pranks on one-another without really thinking the potential consequences through. If this was the case and you suffered an injury by collapsing chair because someone you work with did something to it, the colleague responsible would be liable for your injury.


Blurred lines

Sometimes, however, the lines can be a little blurred. You may, for example, have had to climb onto a chair to reach something because no appropriate climbing aids were provided. If the chair was also defective to begin with or tampered with by a colleague, establishing who was ultimately responsible for your work-related injury could be a little more complicated.


Accident Advice Helpline

Whatever the circumstances, over 15 years’ experience in handling industrial injury claims mean our advisory team and in-house solicitors have the skills and knowledge to quickly establish liability and bring work injury claims to a satisfactory, successful conclusion speedily and efficiently.

Give yourself the chance to make a successful claim by calling our no-obligation helpline or completing our 30-second test™ now. The freephone numbers to call are 0800 689 5659.