It may be surprising that many of the injuries at work reported each year are from office workers such as trips and falls or repetitive strain injury; Mrs P instructed Michael Lewin Solicitors to make a compensation claim on her behalf in the UK when she was hit by a falling desk fan.

Many hazards in an office are not easy to identify. Accidents that have been reported include electric shocks trips and falls over cables or damaged carpets. It is only car accidents that outnumber slips trips and falls as the most common cause of all accidents.

Even falls from height can occur in a storeroom or filing room. Repetitive strain injuries still occur regularly regardless of the advanced knowledge we now have available on how our work stations should be arranged from a health and safety point of view.

Asbestos related diseases have occurred in offices even carbon monoxide poisoning from faulty gas appliances. Employers who run an office should be just as attentive to their risk assessments as someone in charge of a factory or construction site. If an employer fails in their responsibility to provide a safe working environment for their staff and this subsequently causes an accident they can be liable for the injuries.

Michael Lewin’s personal injury specialists can manage any work related personal injury claim even those which are more difficult to substantiate such repetitive strain injury; they have the knowledge and the skills to determine a genuine claim and ensure that a compensation claim in the UK is moved quickly forwards to a speedy conclusion.

Repetitive strain injuries are caused by continuous and regular quick movements or bad posture for example when arms legs or back etc are either unsupported or not supported in the correct way. Heavy lifting can also be a cause of RSI. Sat at a computer typing all day is a common cause of RSI. Consider workers at supermarket checkouts who are sat for long periods of time scanning groceries etc. These activities require regular breaks to reduce the risks of RSI.

Employers have a duty of care to not only their employees but to visitors as well. This includes the general public suppliers customers etc. They are responsible for the health and safety of everyone on their premises. If any member of staff neglects to follow the health and safety guidelines and causes an accident or even if it is a basic lack of common sense that leads to another person being injured an employer is still held culpable.

If you have had an accident at work which was not your fault if you have suffered a slip trip or fall or think you may be suffering from repetitive strain injury call Michael Lewin Solicitors if you want to make a compensation claim in the UK: 0844 499 9302.

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