When you run a company, you take on certain responsibilities. Particularly, if you are setting up and running your own office. In doing this you are responsible for the building, the premises, security and anyone on the property at any other given time. It’s worth breaking down these responsibilities to understand how they could affect you as a business owner. Or, perhaps more importantly, how they could affect your company.
If an employee is injured on your property, you will be held responsible. This is because you have a duty of care for the employees in your business. As well as this, you are held accountable under the clause of premises liability. This dictates that if anyone is injured on property that you own, you are liable, legally.
You might think that if you’re renting the property, you’re safe from premises liability. But don’t be too sure. Typically, if you are renting a property, premises liability will be passed on to the tenant. Particularly, if it’s a business address. It will usually be included in the contract that you sign with the landlord.
The best way to avoid employee accidents is to stay on top of legal changes in office regulations. By doing this, you can make sure that you don’t fall through any loopholes with misconduct. You should also be checking your office for any hazards that could cause an avoidable accident.
In a way, this relates directly to premises liability. Not properly maintaining your office could lead to an accident or injury in the workplace that could have been prevented. CK Civils Ltd provide services to business owners who need repairs on their property. This might be a problem with the water supply or the foundation of the business. You want to get this fixed as soon as you notice a problem. Otherwise, it could leave you with further headaches down the road.
Another way to deal with maintenance is to get your office checked out once a year. That way you can stay on top of any issues that might arise. Don’t forget that you should also be checking any appliances on the property or machinery that employees are using. If you don’t do this, you could be leaving yourself open to a lawsuit.
Finally, you need to think about security on and around the property. You need to consider this a top priority for a few reasons. First, there’s the general security of any sensitive or valuable information. Typically business servers store client data that could be used to gain access to their accounts. If you’re not protecting them, it’s going to reflect poorly on your company.
Secondly, think about the safety of the intruder. There have been cases in the past where intruders have sued the owner of the building for essentially, not keeping them out. This is particularly crucial if there’s anything in your business property that could be harmful or dangerous.
We hope you take these responsibilities seriously. If you do, you can avoid the issues they could cause.