Health and Safety at work should never be seen as a tick-box exercise. Every worker has the right to go to work in the knowledge that they will return home safely. Sadly, this is not always the case.

Over the course of 2016/17, there were 609,000 non-fatal injuries to workers, according to self-reports from the Labour Force Survey. Almost 30% of these injuries resulted in a week of absence from work. Not all of these accidents occurred in a high-risk, industrial environment, such as a factory - many of these workplace accidents took place in offices and almost all of them could have been prevented.

How to reduce the risk of a workplace accident in the office

Most of the time, these injuries can easily be prevented if employers followed good practice and put procedures in place to protect their employees at work. Employees can also avoid workplace accidents by eliminating any risks of an accident around their workstations and following the health and safety guidelines provided.

Below are some of the most common types of accidents that can occur in an office, and the steps workers can take to protect themselves and their fellow colleagues at work.

1. A slip, trip or fall

Did you know that 29% of non-fatal injuries to workers are caused by slips, trips and falls?

All types of workplaces have objects lying around that can cause someone to slip or trip over, but it’s important to keep walkways clear from any potential trip hazards to prevent you and your fellow colleagues from having an accident. If there is a spillage on the floor, display a wet floor sign until the area has been cleared up and is dry.

2. Lifting or handling objects

Between 2014 and 2017, over 100,000 workers were injured after handling or lifting heavy objects without being trained to do so.

Preventing these injuries from occurring is simple. Make sure you have received basic training on how to lift heavy items properly, and get support from other colleagues or use lifting equipment if the item is too heavy for you to carry.

3. Struck by object

Falling objects are another cause of workplace accidents in the office. Ensure that everything that is stored at height is safely stored away to avoid causing an accident to others.

Have you had an accident in the office?

For more information about accidents at work, visit our #ForEveryWorkerInjured campaign page below. Alternatively, if you have had an accident at work and would like more information about how our solicitors can support you, visit our accident at work claims page.