Be careful to avoid the following common office injuries
When people think of workers’ compensation, they typically picture a construction worker or contractor that gets injured during a dangerous job. However, they’d be surprised to find out that most on-the-job injuries actually take place in sedentary workplaces, such as offices, classrooms, or even at home. That’s right – even when you take the safe desk, you may not be that safe. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the most common office injuries that we see in the St. Louis Metro Area. If you have one of these injuries, contact the professionals at Brunton Law Office for an honest evaluation of your case!
Trip n’ Falls
No, seriously, one of the most common workplace injuries is employees simply falling while on the job. Whether it’s tripping over a piece of office equipment or standing on your swivel chair to change a light, the majority of slip and fall injuries in the workplace actually happen in offices, where no manual labor is supposed to be done.
We’re not talking about lifting weight here people. The fact of the matter is, almost no heavy lifting is done when you work in an office. To that end, when people who don’t always lift things are required to randomly lift something heavy, the result can be ugly. Poor lifting technique brought on by lack of experience is the culprit for neck and back injuries in offices all over the country!
This is one of the obvious examples, especially for office workers whose jobs typically consist of sitting in front of and typing on a computer for long stretches of the day. This can have an adverse effect on the medial nerve, which causes carpal tunnel. Office workers may always develop vision problems, back problems, and more from repeating the same motions, over and over again.
This is especially true of offices because of the amount of electrical equipment that many businesses require to do the job. Whether it’s your server room, the computers themselves, or even equipment like a printer there are wires all through the walls and over the floors of your workplace. This provides ample opportunity for electrocution or an electrical fire. Please, be careful.