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I have identified that at my work place, if anyone is injured whether at work or in their personal lives, crutches are not allowed to be used in the office and are against Health and Safety regulations due to additional fire risk of having an employee using crutches and the problems that stairs would cause for the person on crutches. This is an area of concern as; I personally have recently sustained a significant knee injury which required crutches. I had to be signed off work for a week, as I was unable to use the crutches at work and this resulted in further injury to my knee. The consultant said I should have been signed off for an even longer period of time. Not having crutches extended my injury time after further aggravating the damaged ligaments in my knee.
Not only was I unable to work, it also affected my team members who had to cover the work for me while I was off as well as doing their own work. This also led to clients being unable to contact me while I was not in the office and could only contact me via email. So, not having the use of crutches affected not only my work but others around me also.
I believe action should be taken to allow employees to work with crutches. Not only do they reduce the risk of further injury and help obtain quick recovery times as less stress is put on the injury, they also make the employee more mobile around the office. This I believe reduces the health and safety risk caused by an employee on crutches.
To resolve this situation, initially I would take it up with my employer and Head of HR in order to discuss the areas I believe that could be improved. If this is unsuccessful I would then have to speak to the Citizens Advice Bureau, a trade union or contact the Health and Safety Executive to advise me on the next steps and possible action I could take. This may include legal advice or any possible rights of action.
However, this is likely to...