Most people who work in offices will have at least once have had the dubious pleasure of taking part in a fire drill practice. Depending on how you feel about your job, you’ll either find these an annoying interruption, or a chance to duck out for a quick chinwag with your colleagues. Either way, it will be probable that you will not take the proceedings entirely seriously. This would be a big mistake. In all seriousness, it is absolutely vital that you know what you should do in the event that there was a fire at your place of work.
You will certainly need to know the best way to exit the building from your work station. You should also be aware that you should not attempt to pick up any of your belongings when making an escapee in the event of a fire. Knowing all of this will be all well and good if your company had made sure it has complied with fire regulations, but what if this has not been the case?
There will be a chance that you might well find yourself in a position where you may be able to take action against your employer with a view to making an accident at work claim in Boston for a compensation payout if your exit was in any way impeded and you ended up being injured as a result.
Fire escapes and accident at work claim in Boston compensation
Imagine that you were at work when a fire alarm sounded. You work on the top floor and have been told specifically that you should not under any circumstances use the lift in the event of a fire. As such, you will have to take the stairs. This is quite a slog, but necessary to avoid being injured. After getting down a few flights, you find that your passage is blocked by a huge stack of boxes on a landing close to where fire has broken out.
You and your colleagues, not thinking of any potential accident at work claim in Boston action that might follow, would have no choice but to set about moving the boxes out of the way. As you do so, the area you are in fills up with acrid black smoke. You inhale lots of this, and suffer seriously as a consequence once you manage to get out.
Under these circumstances, as you would not have suffered from smoke inhalation if it had not have been for the fact that your employer had blocked your escape path, contrary to fire regulations, there will be a chance that you might be able to make an accident at work claim in Boston with the help of Accident Advice Helpline. Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 5th October 2014