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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Workplace accident claim in London


    London is a city of offices. Thousands of people arrive at offices to work in the capital every day. On the face of it, offices seem a fairly safe environment in which to work. There do not seem to be any particular hazards and workers do not have to wear safety equipment or special clothing. You may be surprised to learn, therefore, that hundreds of accidents occur in offices every day. There are in fact many hazards in the office environment and they have to be managed by employers in the same way as dangerous working environments. Using the city of London as an example, here are some office-based work hazards.

    Workplace accident claim for London hazards – slips, trips and falls

    Let’s look at the process of simply getting to your desk. You can actually only do this safely if the floor area is clear of obstructions, is well maintained, not worn and has no trailing cables or similar obstacles. There are hundreds of people fall over things in offices in London that just shouldn’t be there. If it can be shown that the fall was the fault of the employer than they can take out a workplace accident claim in London against their employer. This is when a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline helps them to get compensation for the injuries that they have suffered. Many claims are paid out of either Employer’s Liability Insurance or Public Liability Insurance policies.

    Workplace accident claim London hazards – manual handling

    A lot of things have to be moved around in offices. Objects like boxes of files and papers, overhead projectors, chairs, tables and so on have to be moved by staff every day. Some items are heavy or awkward to lift and workers can hurt their backs if they don’t do it properly. This is sometimes called a manual handling injury and back or spine injuries are common. Back injuries can be very painful and debilitating, causing employees to take a long time off work to recover. An employer can reduce the risk of this type of injury by providing hoists and trolleys to carry heavy, bulky items around. They can also provide training on how to lift objects safely.

    Workplace accident claim for London hazards – electrical hazards

    All offices have electrical equipment. Photocopiers, computers, shredders and laminating machines all require an electricity supply – therefore all can potentially cause electric shocks. Injuries from electrical equipment are more likely if it is used inappropriately or not maintained properly. Employers have a responsibility to ensure that electrical units are only used according to the manufacturer’s instructions and for the purpose that they were designed for.

    Overloading of sockets is another dangerous situation. Mobile electrical appliances need to be checked regularly by a competent person to make sure that they are in safe working order. If this has not been done and you are injured, you may have a workplace accident claim London case. Electric shocks are unpleasant and dangerous and can leave the victim requiring hospitalisation. Some electric shocks of course can prove fatal.

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    Date Published: 31st May 2013

    Author: Sharon Parry

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