We all hope that we will never have to make an injury claim at work. This is when we have been injured at work in an accident that was not our own fault and are claiming compensation from the person or organisation that was at fault. This is often the employer.
Many people are surprised to find themselves contemplating an injury claim at work when they work in an office. Most of us think of the heavy industries like manufacture and construction when we think about work-related accidents but it is the offices in the UK that are the scene of thousands of accidents each year.
You can make an injury claim at work related to an office environment even if you were just visiting the office – you may have been attending a meeting. The best plan is to ring Accident Advice Helpline. They have a team of professional advisers who are highly trained in carrying out a unique 30 second injury claim at work test. This will give you an idea about if your injury claim at work is going to be successful. Of course the outcome of any individual claim and the amount of compensation that any one claimant will be awarded cannot be guaranteed until the whole claims process is over.
There are many precautions that can be taken to prevent office-based injuries and so reduce the number of people who need to make an injury claim at work.
Preventing an injury claim at work for office accidents
- Prevent slips, trips and falls by maintaining very good housekeeping. In an office environment there will inevitably be a lot of papers, files and boxes. They are delivered to the office and have to leave the office environment every day. If this process is carried out in an organised way it will prevent the build-up of obstacles and debris on the floor where it may come to present a slip, trip or fall hazard.
- Things have to be stored in offices but this storage should be stable and easily accessible. So, if things are stored up on high shelves then ladders or steps should be provided so that members of staff can access them safely and without putting themselves in danger of falling.
- There can be a lot of trailing cables in offices – there are many types of electrical and communication equipment. Things like computers, telephones, fax machines, photocopiers, laminators and projectors have many cables leading to and from them. However, trailing cables can present a serious trip hazard and should be avoided. The most effective way of preventing trailing cables is to have an adequate number of power and telephone sockets so that cables do not need to cross floor areas. If this is not possible then they should be fixed against walls or ceilings or they can be enclosed in appropriate covers.
- Sufficient lighting is an important element in preventing slips, trips and falls in offices and all areas should be adequately lit.