Common Cases of Office Work Accidents. Can We Avoid Them?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports the UK lost 31.2 million working days due to work-related illness and workplace injury in 2016/2017. Even though we tend to associate accidents in the workplace with construction sites and high-risk jobs such as roofing and scaffolding, there remains a surprising number of office work accidents. One such example could be a slip on a wet floor. Or you could bend down to pick up the stapler and put out your back!

An interesting read by PALife polled several thousand office workers across the UK. They found that being attacked by the office cat and cutting your eye with a piece of paper was among the top 5 most embarrassing office accidents in our country. According to their survey, “39% of people stated that office furniture or the layout of desks was the cause of an accident they had or witnessed.”

Even though we think it marginal that you will suffer an attack by the office pet, we do wish you to consider the following recorded factors which influence office un-wellness. Such factors can lead to work injuries in the office and work accident claims as a result.

Violence at Work can be Detrimental to Your Health and Safety

Findings from the 2016/17 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) found that a total amount of 326,000 currently employed adults of working age have experienced work related violence. Even though statistically these incidents happen in many different places and many different industries, this could be a cause for office work accidents. Violence can take many different forms. In general office environments, violence – even the passive aggressive type – should not be present. We further read that in this study 64% per cent of violence at work resulted in no physical injury. This is a comfort to all.

What About the Stress Factor?

Very similarly, the latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows that 526,000 workers in the UK are suffering from work-related stress. Accordingly, 49% of all working days lost were due to ill health related to stress, depression or anxiety. Statistics apply to the same period 2016/2017. Offices affected most by the stress factor include those in the public service industries, such as education; human health and social care. Common contributing stress factors falling within the office work accidents range include workload pressures, overtight deadlines and lack of managerial support.

What You Can Do to Prevent Office Work Accident and / or Illness?

Other possible accidents and work injuries can include falling objects or even accidental electrocution. Our full report on Top 10 Workplace Accidents: Causes and Claims for Workplace Injury can assist you if you have been in a similar situation yourself. It is important to remember that help is at hand. If you have been a victim of an accident – no matter how minor – you can search for a no win no fee solicitor or get more info on making successful work accident claims.

Tips to stay Office Work Accident Free

  • Always be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to where you work, walk and operate to avoid potential hazards.
  • When you become aware of a potential threat, inform your manager or employer. For example an exposed electrical wire could be a fire waiting to happen.
  • Promote the ergonomical arrangement of office furniture etc. to ensure safe and easy movements in your office space.
  • Use office equipment, machinery etc. safely. Always wear the appropriate safety gear and follow the health and safety guidelines. These guidelines can save your life!
  • Report any incidents immediately, inform someone of any ill health and stress related incidents.

In conclusion, it is the legal obligation of every employer to ensure employees are physically safe and emotionally taken care of. The HSE promotes various national efforts to encourage the awareness of office safety and general wellbeing for employers and workers alike. They also offer a wide range of guidance on the prevention and management of work related violence, stress management and health and safety in general.