Office worker accident claim

Office spaces are generally thought to be reasonably safe places to work, but accidents in the office do happen and these include: 

  • Slips and trips
    Office walkways should be kept clear but where storage space is at a premium, fellow workers may leave boxes and files on the floor and trailing leads and wires can also present a trip hazard.
  • Back injuries
    These can be caused by lifting and carrying boxes and files.
  • Falls from height
    If storage is kept at a height safe access to shelving has to be provided.
  • Electric shocks and burns from equipment and machinery
    This can include desktop computers, photocopiers and scanning machines
  • RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)
    Anyone working on a desktop computer is at risk of injuries caused by poor ergonomics (posture) and repetitive movements such as keystrokes.
  • Problems with vision and headaches

An employer’s duty of care

Your employer has a duty to: 

  • Ensure that walkways and passages are kept free from trip hazards such as files, boxes, electric leads and cables.
  • Provide training in safe lifting and carrying and provide equipment to eliminate the need for manual handling.
  • Provide safe storage facilities and emphasise that standing on table, chairs and boxes is totally unacceptable.
  • Regularly inspect, repair and maintain all electrical equipment.
  • Provide training on the risk of RSI (repetitive strain injury), on safe ergonomics and the need to take regular breaks.
  • Provide, inspect and enforce safe workspace equipment including adjustable chairs and personal equipment.
  • Contribute to the cost of eye tests for those using visual display equipment.

If you are an office worker, receptionist, typist, secretary, member of post room staff or any other type of white collar worker and  you have had an accident at work which was someone else’s fault then you may be entitled to bring a personal injury claim.


Thank you again for everything, I am so happy that I can finally look towards the future and start drawing a line under the accident and putting it in the past where it belongs...I don't think I've felt this happy in ages, it's like a massive weight has been lifted from my shoulders just knowing that it's all done.

Miss M, London 

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