Half of the working population in the UK work in offices – that’s about 20 million.
On average, each workstation has 6 cables and when added together, the overall length of these is 20 metres per workstation. That is alot of cable to be managed and kept out of harm’s way!
On average, 500 trips a day occur in UK workplaces, many of these happen through trailing
or untidy cables that catch people unaware. Thankfully, most of these trips have trivial or no consequences, but others can lead to lengthy absences from work through injury.
Costs to the business arise from lost working time and productivity accrued by absences, from damaged equipment and cables, and even more so if an employee makes a litigious claim. The HSE have put this figure as high as £500M annually!
Such costs and dangers could largely be avoided in the first place if a simple, periodic inspection to assess cable management risks is undertaken. The Health and Safety at Work (HSW) Act 1974 compels all employers to be vigilant and act when necessary – there are other legislative Acts that say much the
Given the pressures and challenges that running a business on a day-to-day basis can bring, it is all too easy to overlook some of the simpler and seemingly innocuous risks or hazards that just end up being lived with because they don’t seem important or worthy of time spent to address. Managers and staff end up being ‘trip-hazard blind’.
The Cable Safety at Work Campaign is all about highlighting potential cable hazards in offices that can be easily overcome with very little time, effort and expense, to the benefit of both employee and employer.
The main benefit of a properly cable managed office is improved health and safety in the workplace. This comes from fewer trip hazards, lower risk of fire, reduced dirt traps from more efficient cleaning – all of which leads to higher morale and a happier, more engaged workforce. You should also take steps to ensure compliance with BS6396:2008 where applicable in new offices or relocation situations.
Don’t walk by – if you see it, sort it!
Remember – Prevention is better than pain.
After all, don’t we all deserve to go home safely at the end of the working day?