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Common types of office injuries

Those who work in an office setting often feel like they work in a safe, low-risk space. While it's true that office workers generally are not operating large equipment or lifting heavy machinery, there are still risks to be aware of in this environment. In fact, office workers suffer from a number of injuries directly related to their job responsibilities. 

The most common injuries in an office environment

  • Falls — Slip and fall accidents happen frequently in offices around the country, and they can lead to serious complications. The most common causes of slip and fall accidents in the office are wet or slippery floors, exposed electrical cords, dim lighting, loose carpeting, and improper use of office equipment. 
  • Injuries due to Lifting — Depending on the individual's position, some lifting may be required in an office environment. Despite the fact that there is not often a significant amount of heavy lifting, office workers can easily be injured from improper lifting. Instead of lifting from the arms, the worker should squat while lifting to avoid injuries.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome — Office workers spend the majority of their time sitting in their workplace and operating computers as well as other technological equipment. If a worker is not using an ergonomic chair or work station, or they do not get up to take frequent breaks from their tasks, they can suffer from injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. This painful condition can make it difficult for office workers to perform their duties.

Preventing injuries in the work place

There are steps that both employers and office workers can take in order to prevent serious injuries from occurring in the work place. To begin, employers need to offer training to their employees that teaches them the best techniques for sitting at their work station, for lifting anything in the office and for completing any tasks that are required of them. The employer also must work to maintain the facility to prevent slip and fall accidents from occurring.

Office workers also can take preventative safety measures in the work place. When walking through the office, it's important that employees avoid using their smart phones. Using a phone or tablet while walking makes it easy to trip and fall, which can lead to a serious injury. In addition, employees should report any spills, wet floors, exposed cords or electrical wires or faulty flooring so that these hazards can be promptly addressed. 

While working at a work station, office workers also can work to reduce the impact of ergonomic injuries. Computer screens should be placed at eye level to reduce strain, and keyboards should be positioned so that a person rests comfortably while typing. Generally, the elbows should bend at a 90-degree angle. Employees should request ergonomic chairs to reduce the likelihood of back, neck, shoulder or hip injuries while working.

In addition, it is imperative that office workers take frequent short breaks. Office workers may not have physically demanding positions, but it is still important that they give their eyes, backs, shoulders and necks a time to rest. 

What should you do if you are injured while working in an office?

If you work in an office and have suffered a work-related injury, you may be eligible for worker's compensation. Not only should your claim cover your lost wages during your time off from work, but it also should cover your health care costs as well as any costs related to a reduced quality of life. If you are having trouble filing a worker's compensation claim or you feel that you need someone to advocate for you throughout the process, you should hire an experienced worker's compensation attorney. The right attorney will work with you until you receive all necessary compensation.

To learn more about the risks of working in an office and the best ways to prevent those injuries, contact our team of qualified attorneys today. We specialize in worker's compensation claims and personal injury law, and we can advocate for you as you seek to get the compensation that you both need and deserve during this difficult time. Call us now to schedule your consultation appointment.

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