Common Injuries in the Office

Workplace accidents not just happen in inherently hazardous workplace environments such as construction sites and factories. They also happen in everyday offices, where unsuspecting employees in suits and dresses sustain head injuries, neck and back issues, fractures, and sprains.

Many of the accidents in offices are preventable, and the first step to prevent them is to know them and their causes.

Lifting
Lifting is not exclusive to physically demanding jobs such as in construction. It can also be a task for office workers. Most of the things they lift are relatively lighter, such as files and documents, but it doesn’t mean that these workers are not vulnerable to lifting injuries. Improper posture and manner of lifting can cause neck and back problems.

To prevent injuries, always seek the assistance of an office worker so you do not overexert yourself. If nobody is available to help you, use a lifting aid such as a cart or truck.

Slip and Fall
There are hazards in the workplace that may cause employees to slip and fall. These hazards include obstructions such as loose wires, carpets, and opened drawers, and slippery materials such as spilled drinks and loose papers.

To prevent slip and fall accidents, make sure that these hazards are reported immediately, so appropriate action can be done. Also, be mindful of your surroundings.

Workstation Ergonomics
Sometimes, injuries are not as animated as lifting accidents and slip and fall accidents. They may be silent but equally devastating. A good example is how the ergonomics of your workstation can give you physical problems. Not sitting properly might put a strain on your neck and back, as you level yourself with the monitor. It might also strain your wrists and hands, as you adjust to the level of the keyboard.

To prevent ergonomics issues, make sure that your workstation is properly designed for your comfort. If possible, also take breaks such as short walks to avoid being in the same position for a long time.

The office is a place of productivity. It is the last place you want accidents to occur. You might even miss time at work and have financial issues because of accidents. In the instances where the injuries have been caused by negligent employers, lawsuits are even possible.

But prevention will always be a better choice. By being mindful of the hazards of lifting, slipping, falling, and workplace ergonomics, you are helping yourself to prevent workplace injuries and their medical and financial consequences.

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Workers’ Compensation

When an employee is hurt or injured while on the job (whether on site or while on the road) and are not able to return to work for a definite amount of time, then can avail of worker’s compensation. Worker’s compensation is an insurance policy where the employer is required to pay, or has insurance to pay, an injured employee’s medical expenses and lost wages due to an accident that occurred while on the job. It is hailed as the oldest insurance program in the United States.

Worker’s compensation aims to help injured workers (both economically and physically) to get back to work in order for them not to harm the company’s productivity. When a worker accepts the worker’s compensation given by the company, he or she has waived their right to sue for the injury, thus making worker’s compensation a fair trade in protecting both the workers and employers during such times.

This law is ruled by statues of each state.  Each state has their own specific laws about worker’s compensation, although the key elements are the same. Statutes for worker’s compensation required employers to obtain state-funded or private insurance (or even to self-insure) to guarantee that workers will receive benefits.

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