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An office environment is one of the safest places where you could work, but there are still hazards that could cause injury in a corporate environment. To help you avoid any injuries that could put you out of work indefinitely, learn more about the top five office injuries and how to prevent them.
The most common office injuries are in fact slips and falls. Hazards such as wet floors, loose carpeting, misplaced boxes, and messy wires can all cause you to trip or lose your footing. You can reduce this risk by wearing shoes with rubber soles, keeping pathways clear, and reporting any hazards that could cause a fall.
Bending over to pick up heavy boxes, carrying around heavy bankers’ boxes, and lifting boxes onto high shelving can all lead to back and neck injuries if not done properly. It’s important only to lift what you can manage and to practice proper lifting techniques to reduce your risk of injury. If you need to lift something heavy or repetitively, make sure you wear a brace or protective gear to protect you against strain and injury.
Head, neck and foot injuries caused by falling objects are also common in the office. To avoid having an object come tumbling from the top of a cabinet or a cupboard, be sure to store heavy items on the lowest shelf and avoid stacking and storing items too high.
Any equipment that is not secure or bolted down could fall over and injure someone. This includes storage devices and server racks that are often tall and narrow. These items are often overlooked but can be very dangerous if they get knocked over and land on someone.
Ergonomic injuries, like those that involve your workstation or chair, are some of the lesser known injuries in the office. For instance, if your chair is too high, the seat depth too short, and the backrest too low, it can cause serious strain on your neck and back. Your keyboard and monitor can also put strain on your muscles and lead to long term health problems, such as carpal tunnel and eyestrain if they’re not at the right levels for your frame. So be sure you adjust your chair, desk, and equipment to be the right height and size to avoid injury.
If you endure an office injury, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact our legal team at Zuber & Brioux and we’ll help you get the justice you deserve for your injuries.