Workplace injuries can happen to all workers, not just those in physically demanding fields. The office environment is not free from dangers. In fact, the repetitive acts of sitting at a computer or answering a phone for eight hours a day can certainly cause an injury. All workers, whether they swing a hammer or type on a keyboard, should be aware of the hazards on the job, and what they need to do to be compensated in case of injury. The following are hazards that a white-collar office worker faces and ways to prevent them:
Falls are extremely common in the workplace, especially in the office. Not only is it the most common office accident, but it also the most disabling injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are the hazards of cramped spaces, opened drawers, exposed computer cords, or loose carpeting that an office worker may be oblivious to, leading to a slip or fall.
The repetitive motions that office workers are accustomed to can lead to soft tissue injuries to the neck and shoulders and musculoskeletal injuries to the spine. Often, the risks are hard to detect because it is normally dependent on each specific person. It is important that your employer supplies ergonomic workstations that fit each worker. Proper seating helps support the back and can help one’s posture. Positioning computer monitors and higher eye levels help prevent injuries to the neck, and proper typing techniques while keeping your elbows at a right angle helps prevent issues, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Other hazards an office worker may face involve improper lifting of heavy products or office supplies, which can easily injure your back or legs. The eyes can also suffer strain and irritation if not rested or treated properly; your employer should also supply you with proper lighting and encourage looking away from the monitor for at least 10 minutes each hour. The most important goal is to be aware of your workplace hazards and to stay healthy. It is your employer’s obligation to provide you with a safe and functioning work area, no matter what your occupation. If you do suffer an injury at work, notify your employer and seek medical attention right away, then be sure to contact a Workers’ Compensation lawyer for the best direction.
Injuries suffered by office workers can be just as devastating as those who perform manual labor. If you were injured at work, contact the Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP. Our experienced and knowledgeable lawyers will help you obtain the benefits you deserve. Call us today at 267-589-0090 or fill out our online form for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, we proudly serve clients throughout Pennsylvania.