Offices are generally safe workplaces. They are not as prone to danger or injuries as much as construction and industrial working areas. However, there accidents in offices do happen and thousands of claims are made each year.
Types of accidents in the office
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) through poor workstation positioning is a common office injury. This causes muscular pains in the neck, back and shoulders. It comes as a result of putting too much pressure on these body parts for a prolonged period of time. If a chair is too low or high for a desk then it can cause some of these symptoms.
As with all environments, there is always the risk of tripping over something or slipping. Some environments have more potential for accidents in the office. For example, an office next to a loading bay will be more likely to have freight or equipment close by, increasing the chances of a fall or a trip.
Faulty goods or dangerous pieces of equipment in the office can cause accidents like electric shocks. For example, exposed wiring on a kettle in the staff kitchen or obstacles left in a walkway.
Accidents just outside of the office can also occur. Car parking areas can be dangerous places in the winter if they are not gritted properly.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is possible if there is a broken gas boiler, for example. This is not very common but it does happen and people have made successful claims against this.
Back injuries are a common accident in the office and often happen when moving objects around.
An employer’s duty to protect you from office accidents
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) dictates that all working environments, including offices, comply with its stipulations. Employers must do everything reasonably possible to prevent accidents in the office from happening. They are duty bound to inform employees about health and safety and how they can protect themselves.
In addition, they must provide equipment if needed e.g. wrist rests or back rests for chairs. If any of the steps outlined by the HSE have been neglected, then you may have a valid claim for compensation if you have been injured.
Making your office injury compensation claim
Jefferies Solicitors has extensive experience in dealing with office accident claims. We understand that you may have some reservations about pursuing your employer for compensation but we will be able to support you and advise you throughout the process.
We work on a *no win no fee basis meaning you can rest assured you will receive the full amount of compensation if you win your claim. Please call us on 0800 342 3206 or fill in our claim form online.
Other types of work accident claim
As well as office accident claims, the experienced personal injury solicitors at Jefferies deal with a wide range different workplace accident claims. Whether you’ve been injured while working in a factory, a kitchen or on a building site, we can help you claim compensation for your suffering. Get in touch to start your claim today.