While workplace injuries are typically imagined in occupations where heavy machinery is used or people are working from high heights, office workers often suffer workplace injuries that affect their daily life, ranging from minor to severe. Whether an injury leads to temporary lost work or has a permanent, life-altering effect on the rest of your life, it is imperative to seek damages and compensation as soon as possible to ensure the best outcome for your case.
Many injuries are possible in an office environment, but some workplace accidents and injuries occur far more often than others.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falling is the most common injury in an office setting and also causes the most disabling injuries. Office workers are between two and two-and-a-half times as likely to suffer a disabling injury from a fall than workers outside of an office setting. Causes of office falls include:
Disorganized electrical cords or wires
Object obstructing walkways
Using a chair in place of a ladder
Reaching for an item while sitting in an unstable chair.
Small tips and tricks can help avoid having a fall to begin with, including:
Look where you are walking.
Close drawers immediately after you are finished with them.
Clean spills immediately.
Report or fix loose carpeting and electrical cords.
Use a ladder to reach high up items.
While there is not typically a lot of heavy lifting in an office, even smaller loads can lead to injury under the wrong circumstances. When you need to lift something, be sure to:
Use your legs when setting something down.
Use your full hands and not your fingers to hold it against your body when picking up an object.
Lift by squatting toward the floor, then use your legs to lift up and not your back when picking up a larger item.
Keep your back straight while lifting in any direction.
When something is placed precariously atop of something, or you are maneuvering between items, it can be easy to be struck by a flying or stationary object. By properly positioning your work station and not placing things haphazardly, you can avoid a lot of unnecessary injuries. Staying alert and watching where you walk can also significantly aid against injury.
Carpal tunnel and other repetitive motion injuries are common among those who type frequently. To help alleviate these injuries and the pain that comes with the affliction, ergonomic keyboards, and a proper chair can go a long way. By having the proper support for your body as you take on your daily tasks, you can give your body the chance to bounce back while limiting the amount of injury that can occur during regular use.
While many may not see office accidents as something someone would normally or typically collect Workers’ Compensation benefits, the reality is that the wear and tear and dangers that come with an office environment are real and imminent. Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at E.S. Borjeson & Associates represent clients that have repetitive motion injuries, have been struck by an object, or any other type of office injury that has led to decreased enjoyment of life, an inability to perform work functions, or other life-altering effects. Contact us online or call today to find out how we can help.