Common workplace injuries faced by office workers

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Many people think of workplace injuries as something that happens in factories or construction sites, but injuries can also occur in an office setting. Office workers face unique risks that can lead to serious injuries.

Understanding these risks can help prevent them and create a safer work environment.

Ergonomic injuries

Ergonomic injuries are among the most common in office settings. These injuries result from poor posture, repetitive movements and improper workstation setups. Sitting for long periods can cause strain on the back, neck and shoulders. Typing on a keyboard or using a mouse without proper support can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive strain injuries.

To prevent ergonomic injuries, employers should provide adjustable chairs, desks and computer monitors. Employees should take regular breaks to stretch and move around. Proper keyboard and mouse placement can also reduce strain on the hands and wrists. Ensuring a comfortable and supportive workstation setup can significantly reduce the risk of ergonomic injuries.

Slips, trips and falls

Slips, trips and falls represent another common type of office injury. Cluttered walkways, wet floors and loose carpeting can create hazards that lead to falls. Electrical cords, open drawers and misplaced objects can also cause employees to trip and injure themselves.

To reduce the risk of these accidents, employers should keep walkways clear of clutter and ensure that floors remain clean and dry. Employees should use caution when walking in areas with loose carpeting or uneven surfaces. Securing electrical cords and keeping workspaces organized can help prevent these types of injuries.

Eye strain and headaches

Prolonged use of computers can lead to eye strain and headaches, which are common complaints among office workers. Staring at a computer screen for extended periods can cause discomfort, blurred vision and headaches. Poor lighting and glare from screens can exacerbate these issues.

To prevent eye strain and headaches, employees should take regular breaks from looking at their screens. The 20-20-20 rule suggests taking a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes. Adjusting the brightness and contrast of computer screens, using anti-glare filters and ensuring proper lighting may help reduce eye strain.

If you suffer work-related injuries or illnesses, workers’ compensation provides benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages. Reporting injuries promptly and following proper procedures can help ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

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