Office InjuriesJanuary 3, 2020
You may think that working in an office environment is safer than other work environments, such as construction work or washing windows. Yet, there are risks involved with working in an office environment. Common office injuries can happen in many different situations and include the following:
- Injuries associated with lifting
- Repetitive injuries associated with improper workstation ergonomics
- Injuries associated with objects commonly found in an office
Lifting injuries commonly occur when lifting and moving boxes of documents or office supplies from one location to another. Lifting from the legs rather than the back will help protect employees from back injuries. Additionally, be aware of the weight and shape of an item before attempting to lift it.
Falls can happen anywhere, and they are common in an office environment. Often, an office fall is preventable and taking the steps to avoid office tumbles is crucial.
- Always look before you walk or if you are carrying something that may block your view.
- Do not leave drawers open as desk drawers can be dangerous if employees are rounding a corner and knock into it.
- Report hazardous conditions. Spills should be cleaned up immediately since they can create a slipping hazard.
- Do not stand on chairs, especially rolling chairs. Using a stepladder or calling the appropriate people to reach high items is important.
- Do not stretch to reach items that are beyond your reach. Rearrange office items so that they are within reach.
If you sit at a computer all day in an office environment, you may be aware that the ergonomic placement of your computer, keyboard, and screen are important to your health. Poor placement can lead to a repetitive injuries, soreness, stiffness, and missed days of work due to pain or medical intervention. Always request an ergonomic evaluation of your workstation if you feel discomfort while typing, using the mouse, or looking at the screen.
Stationary Office Objects
Surprisingly enough, many office workers get hurt from bumping themselves or getting caught between objects in the office workplace. This can include bumping into desks, copy machines, and other people. Additionally, cabinets and bookshelves that are not properly balanced can fall at any given moment.
West Chester Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Assist Injured Office Workers
If you were injured as a result of an office accident, contact the West Chester Workers’ Compensation lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello. We will review your case and obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve. Located in Media, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster, Montgomery County, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading, and West Chester. Call us at 610-892-4940 or contact us online for a free consultation today.