As an office worker, it's easy to assume that you'll never suffer a workplace injury. After all, you aren't taking part in any strenuous or physical activity (most of the time, at least).
However, there are instances in which office workers suffer an on-the-job injury. One of the most common causes is a slip-and-fall accident. Here are some of the many reasons this could happen:
- No warning that floors are being cleaned or are wet
- Failure to close off an area of the floor that is slick, damaged or defective
- The use of too much polish, especially on sloping floors or stairs
- Uneven use of polish or wax
- Carpet defects and damage, such as areas that are torn or worn out
- A mat or rug acting as a trip hazard
- An item that is stuck in the carpet
- Debris on stairwells
- Stairs that are missing or worn out
- Damaged or missing handrail
As you can see, there are many dangers lurking in an office environment. And these only take into consideration the dangers that can come into play on the floor.
While you hope to avoid a slip-and-fall accident, you know that you can't watch every step you take. You have too much on your mind to do this.
If you're ever part of an office slip-and-fall accident, call for immediate help. Also, you should report the incident immediately. Not only does this help keep others safe, but it is something you need to do if you'll be seeking workers' compensation benefits. Should your workers' comp claim be denied, an attorney can provide guidance for filing an appeal.
Source: FindLaw, "Slip and Fall Accidents Overview," accessed March 28, 2018