Office Accidents are genrally less frequent than other types of accident as it is true to say that on the whole office environments are far more safer than in comparison to, say, building sites or factories. Every year however there are thousands of accidents in the office working environment due to many reasons such as inadequate workstations, vulnerable seating arrangements, faulty equipment etc.
To prevent office accidents a carefully thought out ergonomic planning needs to be carried out for the desk workers. There should be no wires or cables in the walk path of the people working in the office to prevent slips and trips. Employees should be well versed in their training of heavy equipment and indeed it is a requirement by law that training be given to employees for the safe lifting of equipment. Other hazards in the office environment that need looking at are spills from coffee machines, worn work floors, worn carpets etc. Employers must comply with safety regulations to prevent such accidents taking place or face the consequences of inevitable office accident claims from their employees.
Employers can prevent such accidents by having an out of the way tidy for the wires and cables from employee walk paths, Wrist rests to prevent repetitive strain injuries, educating employees about the risks in and around the office and also providing thorough training for things like lifting equipment safely etc.
There are many types of office accidents and injuries that can occur due to the above such as :-
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Slips and trips due to obstruction caused by wires and leads in employee footpaths.
- Electric shocks which can be very nasty.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning caused by leaks from example boilers or other used equipment
- Back injuries from lifting heavy boxes/equipment etc
It is the duty by law of each and every employer to ensure a safe office working environment for their employees. Employers should provide full training on health and safety issues in their unique environment or face claims for neglect.
Claiming Compensation for Office Accidents
The main thing to point out is that you should not be afraid to make a claim for an office accident as all employers are required by law to have Employers Liability Insurance so any claim will be paid for by their insurers and not by their employer.
The employer cannot dismiss you by law for making a claim against them otherwise it would be classed as unfair dismissal. You can make a personal injury claim against your employer if they have failed in their responsibility of providing a safe working environment which is their duty by law.
We know it is a difficult issue to make a claim against your employer, however it is your right to make a claim and by doing so you will be helping to prevent accidents occurring in the future as well as preventing future injuries occurring to your work colleagues.
Here at 123 Legal we understand that claiming against your employer can be sensitive as there is a fear that it will lead to dismissal, but it is illegal for an employer to dismiss an employee for making an accident claim against them for their neglect.
If you wish to make a claim for an accident you can either call us free on 0800 285 1424 for instant advice or fill an online claim form below. Our no win no fee system ensures you will receive 100% compensation guaranteed.