work accident

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Nov 8, 2012
I'm not an expert as you are but doesn't it depend on the likelyhood of risk and future instances? Dropping the office kettle could also damage a toe but I don't think you need to enforce wearing steel capped shoes in an office.

Yes, dropping anything may cause a foot injury, dropping a kettle may cause a foot injury and a scald. The risk assessment should take into account the likelihood of the accident, so just saying, there has been an accident so there is an ongoing risk is a bit simplistic. In this instance though, where the normal practice is to put the weight onto a pile of something which needs to be moved, the risk is pretty apparent. Dropping a kettle in the office kitchen is not an inherent risk - if the office kettle is placed on top of the stack of photocopier paper, requiring it to be moved, may be different!
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