Offices are generally considered safe environments to work in. The risk of injury is minimal but that doesn’t mean there is no risk. As with all jobs there are some health and safety considerations to be aware of in an office workplace.
A few of the most common types of injury in an office include:
- Slips, Trips or Falls
- Electric Shock
There are a few steps to take in order to keep everyone safe within an office environment. These include:
- Making sure all equipment is fully maintained and checked regularly
- Ensuring all electric cables and other obstructions are tidied away in a safe place
- Clean up any broken glass or other hazardous materials as soon as possible
- Thoroughly clean all surfaces regularly to ensure cleanliness and reduce the chance of slips, trips or falls.
In the event of any accident at work we always advise you seek medical attention first. Make sure your accident is recorded in the accident book if not at the time of accident then as soon as possible afterwards.
The accident book is very important when making a claim for compensation. Although the compensation is not dependant on an entry in the accident book it will certainly help us to present your case with as much evidence as possible.
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The most common cause of injury are slips, trips and falls, no matter where the injury took place however; they are especially common in offices. Cables from electrical equipment, boxes, files or any other objects left on the floor can cause you to trip up and injure yourself. Also, spillages and leaks can cause you to slip and injure yourself, too.
Offices generally use a large number of electrical products such as printers, fax machines, computers, kettles, toasters and microwaves, to name a few. Your employer must ensure that all electrical appliances are functional and safe to use. All cables must be tucked away, out of the walking line of employees. All staff must have received full training on how to operate electrical appliances safely and efficiently, in order to reduce the risk of any burns and injuries.
Some old buildings contain asbestos, which is a non harmful substance, unless it has been chipped at or broken into, and asbestos fibres are released. These asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis and other asbestos related illnesses. Asbestosis can lead to very severe illnesses such as lung cancer and in some cases, can even cause death. If your office is in a building containing asbestos, and your employer was aware of it, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
All gas appliances such as boilers need to be checked regularly to ensure that no carbon monoxide is leaking. This is part of your employer’s duty of care, as carbon monoxide poisoning can be extremely severe and have devastating effects, such as fatality.
If you have been injured at work due to either of the causes listed above, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Making a claim for compensation against your employer or another colleague requires adequate evidence that the accident was of their fault and not yours.