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Common Work Injuries That Happen in the Office

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Office Injuries Can Result in Workers' Compensation ClaimsWorkers' compensation claims often involve injuries that occur at jobs that require physical labor, such as construction projects. While employees in an office have safer jobs, they are susceptible to accidents that may cause injury. Employers may hold safety seminars and post flyers around the office to warn of potential hazards. A momentary lapse in judgment can lead to a disabling injury. Here are the most common office injuries and how to avoid them.

Falls

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Human Resource Management, falls are the most common cause of disabling injuries in an office. Avoiding falls requires a combination of safe habits and awareness of your environment:

  • Watch for tripping hazards, such as boxes, open drawers, electrical cords and loose carpeting.
  • Do not leave tripping hazards in common walking paths.
  • Walk carefully around any spilled liquids that may make tiled surfaces slippery.
  • Use stepladders and not chairs when reaching high places.
  • Do not tip your chair while sitting in it.

Collisions

When in a rush to get somewhere, workers sometimes walk or run into each other or objects. Collisions are avoidable if at least one person is aware of his or her surroundings.

  • Do not carry a stack of objects that will obscure your ability to see where you are going.
  • Watch out for opening doors. If you are opening a door outward, do so slowly in case someone is walking in the path of the door. If you are walking near a door, keep an eye on it so you can move if it opens suddenly.
  • Be cautious when turning a blind corner. Your office can increase safety by installing mirrors at corners so you can see if someone else is coming.

Falling Objects

Poorly stacked or secured items and equipment may fall on someone. Make sure all objects are stable so they do not fall on their own or when someone bumps into them.

Lifting

Using improper lifting techniques can cause injuries to your back, neck and shoulders. Remember to lift with your back straight and your knees bent so your leg muscles are doing the work. Do not try to lift something you think may be too heavy for you.

Workers' Compensation

Workplace injuries can happen despite your best efforts to avoid them. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to damages from your employer. Contact a McHenry County workers' compensation attorney at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC to learn if you have a case.

Source:

http://hr.commerce.gov/Employees/WorkLifeIssues/DEV01_006467

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