If you currently or have ever worked in an office, there will be more than an even chance that you will have partook in a fire drill exercise. These usually involve a fire alarm being sounded as a prompt for pre-selected fire marshals to don fluorescent waistcoats and shepherd you and your colleagues to an assembly point outside of your office building.
This will invariably be in a car park, unless the offices you work in do not have one. Once outside, you will all be accounted for and then told to get back to your desks.
Although sometimes inconvenient, what many fail to realise is that their employer has a legal responsibility to make sure that it has procedures in place to ensure that everybody could escape if a fire did start.
If you were caught and injured in a fire that you didn’t start in your office, and your employer’s negligence in some way contributed to the severity of your injuries, there will be a chance that you might be able to retain the services of a top-performing practice of solicitors in Gurney Slade with a view to taking personal injury action.
Workplace fire regulations and solicitors in Gurney Slade
Imagine that your office fire alarm began to sound. You assume that it a drill and slowly start to get up from your seat to make for the nearest exit. As you do so, you notice bellowing smoke filling the room. You realise that this is no drill and start to panic. You compose yourself and walk swiftly over to the nearest fire exit, which happens to be down a flight of stairs at the back of your floor.
To your shock, the exit is blocked by a pile of boxes. You can’t turn back as the room you came from is full of smoke, so you decide to shift the boxes out the way. You manage to do so and escape, but not before doing serious damage to your lungs as a result of smoke inhalation.
Under these extreme circumstances, you may well be able to take action against your employer as they would have had a responsibility to make sure that all fire exits were clear.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today to find out if you might be able to use solicitors in Gurney Slade to help you claim compensation because of the negligence of your employer.
For expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.