If you work in an office setting, you may not believe that you are in danger of suffering a workplace injury, but you could be wrong. While not as dangerous as construction and other manual labor jobs, office work can still lead to workers sustaining an injury in an accident or developing an occupational illness that requires long-term medical treatment and time off work.
Common Office Workplace Accidents That Lead to Workers’ Comp Claims
Secretaries, salespeople, managers, lawyers, realtors, doctors, medical staff, and many other professionals work in office settings. Sitting at a desk all day and performing repetitive tasks pose unique dangers to their health. Here are some of the most common causes of injuries:
Slip and Fall Accidents
One of the most common causes of office injuries is a slip and fall accident. Some of the dangers include frayed carpeting, wet floors, cracked or uneven flooring, inadequate lighting, and power cords. Workers can suffer back injuries, traumatic brain injury and other head injuries, fractures, and more if they fall onto a hard office floor.
People who work in a professional setting may need to lift boxes of computer paper, office supplies, computers, and other equipment as part of their job. If the loads are too heavy or the person does not use proper lifting techniques, an overexertion injury is possible. Strains, sprains, muscle tears, back injuries and other injuries can cause pain when moving or just sitting at a desk.
Repetitive actions, such as sitting at a computer all day typing, can lead to muscle strain and debilitating, long-term, injuries like carpel tunnel syndrome.
Being Struck By An Object
Being struck by falling or stationary objects or being caught between equipment, drawers, or cabinets can lead to serious injuries, such as head injuries or crushed fingers or other body parts.
Many people in an office setting stare at a computer monitor all day. This can cause eye strain, headaches, and possible loss of vision.
Have You Been Injured At Work?
If you've been injured on the job you need to speak with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Augusta office directly at 706.863.6600 to schedule your free consultation.