How to avoid getting sick if a co-worker is and when to make an accident at work claim against your employer
One of the worst things that happens in any enclosed workplace environment is that one of your co-workers shows up with a really bad cold or other illness. As soon as you realise that your co-worker is unwell you will start to worry, as it is almost impossible to avoid an illness if you are trapped in a room with it all day long.
However, just because a co-worker does show up sick, doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to get sick too, as there are a few things that you can do to avoid illness. Here are some tips for staying well even if everyone in your workplace is coming down with sickness.
- Steer clear. Obviously it is rude to refuse to talk to someone, but just be aware that you are not too far into their personal space at any one time and be honest with them if you want to avoid them for the day. If you are honest, they may do everyone a favour and go home.
- Wash your hands. If this person is determined to stay in the office all day and you are worried about getting sick, wash your hands more often all day long, after you touch anything and before you eat or touch your face. Antibacterial gel can also be useful.
- Eat healthily. On the days that you have a sick co-worker, try to be more aware of what you are eating and drinking to stay healthy. If your body is full of healthy fuels and foods then it may not be as predisposed to coming down with the same illness.
- Ask them to go home. You are within your rights to ask someone who has come in very ill to go home and avoid infecting the rest of the workplace with their illness. Otherwise you may find yourself ducking four people the next week!
You may have a good chance of making a Newton Mearns accident at work claim
You can’t really make a Newton Mearns accident at work claim if you get sick because of a co-worker, as this is not something that they can really control and is unlikely to be serious enough to cause real problems. However, if the negligence of your employer or a co-worker causes you to come down with a really serious illness, or to be seriously injured, then you may have a good chance of making a Newton Mearns accident at work claim against your employer.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to the team about your accident and find out what will happen if you do decide to move forward with a claim. You can then make your decision as to whether to claim or not.