Office Worker Injuries
September 17, 2019
Industries such as construction, health care, and law enforcement are notoriously dangerous. However, office workers also face unique risks and hazards which can cause injury. Office workers may suffer various types of compensable injuries depending on their job duties and environment, among other factors.
Common Office Injuries
Those who work in an office environment are at risk of certain injuries associated with job duties such as working in a seated position, looking at a computer screen, and typing for extended periods of time. According to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, some of the most common office worker injuries include:
- Slip and fall injuries – Slip and fall accidents are the most common office accident. Office workers may trip over filing cabinets, electrical cords, loose carpeting, or objects in the hallways. They may also fall when attempting to reach something on a high shelf by using a ladder or chair.
- Musculoskeletal injuries – Office workers may be required to lift heavy items, such as stacks of books or papers, computer monitors, or other office equipment. They may become injured if they do not utilize the proper lifting techniques such as keeping the back in a straight position and holding the object close to the body.
- Repetitive stress injuries – It is important for office workers to have ergonomic workstations. Performing the same tasks over time can lead to repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, eyestrain, and musculoskeletal problems of the neck, shoulders, and back.
- Struck-by object/caught in-between injuries – Office workers may be injured by flying, falling, swinging, or rolling objects in the workplace. Stationary objects such as desks and office equipment also present hazards; workers may bump into or become caught in-between two objects, get their body parts caught in machinery, or be struck by falling objects.
Preventing Office Injuries
Taking the proper safety precautions can help to minimize the number and severity of office worker injuries. Some tips to avoid injury include:
- Avoid twisting, hunching, or reaching in awkward positions
- Close drawers when not in use
- Do not lift heavy objects while seated
- Do not use a chair instead of a ladder
- Ensure walkways are clear before proceeding
- Promptly clean up any spills
- Take adequate breaks
- Use an ergonomically designed workstation
- Use legs and not back to straighten up when lifting
- Use proper back support
Workers’ Compensation for Office Workers Injuries
Full-time, part-time, and temporary office workers in Pennsylvania are covered by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, which grants employees workers’ compensation benefits in the event that they suffer a work-related injury. Injured workers have only a short time to notify their employers about their condition to remain eligible for benefits such as compensation for related medical expenses and lost wages. It is advisable to seek legal advice from a qualified local attorney, as workers’ compensation laws vary by state.
Work Injury Lawyers in Philadelphia at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Help Office Workers Obtain Benefits for their Injuries
If you were injured at work, contact a work injury lawyer in Philadelphia at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Our skilled attorneys can help you obtain the maximum compensation in your case. For a free consultation, please complete our online contact form or call us at 888-PITT-LAW. We proudly represent office workers in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania.
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