Office work injury claims are more common than you may think. Most of us think of the heavy industries like manufacturing and construction when we think about work-related injury claims, but in fact the office environment gives rise to thousands of claims each year. When you consider the millions of people who work in and visit office environments every year, this is to be expected.
If you have been injured in an office environment and it was not your fault, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. This is true if you were a worker or if you were a visitor, for example if you were attending an appointment or a meeting.
The best thing to do is to ring Accident Advice Helpline. We will be able to help you think about who may have been at fault for the accident. We have a team of professional advisers who are highly trained in carrying out a unique 30-second test. This will give you an idea about if your claim is going to be successful. Of course, the outcome of any claims and the amount of compensation awarded will not be guaranteed until the claims process is over.
There are many precautions that can be taken to prevent office-based injuries, and therefore reduce the number of office work injury claims. Some are given here.
Preventing office work injury claims
- The obvious way to prevent office work injury claims is good housekeeping. A lot of papers, files and boxes come into and go out of an office environment every day. If this is organised efficiently it prevents build-up of obstacles and debris on the floor and on other surfaces where it can present a hazard.
- Storage in offices should be stable and easily accessible. If things are stored up high, ladders or steps should be provided so that staff can access them safely.
- There is the potential for a huge number of trailing cables in offices, as there are so many types of electrical and communication equipment. This includes computers, telephones, fax machines, photocopiers, laminators and projectors. The best way to avoid trailing cables is to have an adequate number of power and telephone sockets installed and to arrange the office appropriately. If cables still need to cross floor areas, they can be fixed against walls or ceilings, or can be enclosed in appropriate covers.
- Sufficient lighting is key to preventing slips, trips and falls in offices, so all areas should be adequately lit.
- Floor surfaces should be in good conditions and should not be worn or damaged. Hand rails should be provided on stairs if appropriate.
- The electrical equipment in offices has the potential to cause serious injury and even death in the same way as electrical equipment in heavy industries. It must be suitable for the job that it is doing and must be maintained appropriately. Staff should be adequately trained in how to use it safely and in how to spot potential hazards.
If you have office work injury claims to make following an injury that you have sustained at work, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to make a claim.
Date Published: 7th May 2013
Author: Sharon Parry