Common Office-Related Work Injuries

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At first, it might not seem like you could get hurt working an office job. After all, there is no heavy machinery and you spend most of your day sitting. However, even though offices may be considered safer working environments than factories and construction zones, you can still sustain injuries.

Here are the most common office-related work injuries.

Lifting Injuries

Office workers may sometimes have to lift and carry heavier items, like boxes of papers. If they do not lift these items properly, workers are at risk of suffering back and neck injuries. Office workers can reduce their risk of these injuries by bending at their hips and knees and keeping the item close to their body.

Repetitive Stress Injuries

If you work in an office, you probably have to perform repetitive tasks, like typing, every day. After a while, these repetitive tasks can cause repetitive stress injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition causes tingling, numbness and pain in the hand and forearm. If you develop this condition, you may have more difficulty performing your tasks. 

Neck and Shoulder Injuries

Working at an office involves spending a large part of your day sitting at your desk. While this might not seem too bad at first, many people have trouble maintaining good posture when they sit too long. Poor posture can eventually cause neck and shoulder injuries. To avoid these injuries, keep your computer at or below eye level and always sit straight in your chair. If you need extra support, put a small pillow behind your back. Additionally, don’t hesitate to walk around and stretch throughout the day.

Slip and Fall Injuries

It is possible to suffer slip and fall accidents in just about any working environment, including offices. Liquid spills, wet floors, torn carpeting and clutter can all cause slip and fall accidents. Office workers can sustain a wide range of injuries from these accidents, including broken bones, head injuries and spinal cord injuries.

What to Do If You Sustain an Injury While Working at an Office

If you do suffer an injury while working at an office, it is important to let your employer know immediately. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. If you need assistance filing a claim, get in touch with a workers’ compensation lawyer, like one from Saavedra Law Firm, PLC, as soon as possible.