As an office worker you are entitled to work in an environment where risks to your health and safety are properly controlled. Under Health and Safety law, primary responsibility for this is down to your employers.
If you have been injured in an accident at work you should get expert legal advice as soon as possible. Contact us today for free, friendly and impartial advice: 01312255214.
Office workers are given protection by the Work Place (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.
The regulations seek to prevent injury and accidents by laying down a specific code of practice of employers. This requires the work place and equipment to be properly maintained and kept in a safe condition.
Employers should always be on the look out to check that work stations are suitable and that floors and traffic routes are kept safe and are of good construction.
The employer should make sure that there are no obstructions or anything on the floor which might cause someone to slip.
In the last ten years 52 public administration workers have suffered fatal injuries at work. Public administration accounted for 6% of employment and 9% of all reported injuries to employees in 2009 to 2010.
In 2009 to 2010 the labour force survey showed that 2.5 million working days were lost in this industry due to work place injury and work related ill health.
Handling and slips and trips are the most common kinds of accidents in all industries.
Apart from public administration a significant amount of office based work takes place in the education sector. In 2009 to 2010 6% of reported injuries to employees were in the education sector. Again, slips and trips were the most common type of accident. Particularly with severe weather a school has a duty to make sure that premises are kept in a safe condition and guidance is provided by the Health and Safety Executive on keeping safe playgrounds.
Employees always require training if lifting is part of their job. The Manual Handling Regulations 1992 require risk assessments to be carried out and training to be provided should lifting be a necessary part of the daily routine.
If you are an office based worker and have a workplace accident you need expert legal advice from an experienced personal injury solicitor.
Contact Lawford Kidd based in Edinburgh for free advice and remember that you will keep 100% of any compensation we recover. Please telephone 01312255214.