Office safety, and when to consider speaking to a legal team to claim compensation
Although office jobs probably seem like the safest when it comes to physical safety, there are still things for which you need to watch out in order to stay safe. An office job may not be very physically demanding, but any space in which you spend a lot of time will have hazards that pose a risk to you, and if you can know what these are then you can do your best to avoid them as much of the time as possible. Any hazards specific to your particular workspace should be covered by your management in training, and if you don’t feel that something has been covered you should feel free to ask management about it.
- Ask for training. Even office equipment can be dangerous for you if you don’t know how to use it properly. You should speak to your manager about getting full training for anything in the office you might be using, and never try to learn how to do something simply by doing it.
- Watch out for stairwells. A large number of accidents in the workplace happen because of stairwells and people trying to move past each other in them. Make sure that you step back and let others pass before you in stairwells, and always be careful if you need to carry anything downstairs.
- Learn the fire procedure. A fire is an unlikely event, but it is crucial that everyone in the office knows what they should do if there is a fire in order to be safe. Run regular drills and make sure new employees are brought up to speed.
- Be aware of what can be dangerous. Although office items aren’t the most dangerous things with which to deal, be aware that scissors, staplers, and even large stacks of paper can pose a risk to your health, so that you are careful around them and avoid incidents.
Speaking to a Thanet legal team
If you have been injured at your office job, a Thanet legal team can help you to make a claim for compensation, as long as the accident was not your fault. You should contact a Thanet legal team with evidence that your accident was caused by the negligence of your employer or a colleague, and the Thanet legal team can start putting together a case on your behalf.
Alternatively, you could call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to speak to the friendly, helpful team about your accident and get help deciding whether or not you have a good enough case to make a compensation claim. If you do, then you will be passed over to an experienced in-house injury lawyer who can start working with you on your claim.
Date Published: 18th July 2014
Author: David Brown