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Common Injury Risks for Employees in Office Jobs

worker at desk with wrist painThere are a wide variety of injuries that could occur while working in an office. Although office workers are unlikely to suffer amputation injuries or other injuries often associated with factories or construction, office workers’ injuries can still be quite painful and debilitating.

Below, review some of the most significant injury risks for office workers and find out how you can reduce your risk of these injuries while doing your job.

If any injuries do occur, you can contact one of the experienced Fresno workers’ compensation lawyers at Berry, Smith & Bartell to discuss how we may be able to pursue benefits on your behalf. Workers’ compensation claims can often become complicated and workers who obtain legal representation often obtain more compensation than those who do not.

Risks of Sitting in Front of a Computer

Many office jobs involve workers sitting in front of a computer for most of the day. Typing on a keyboard and using a mouse for several hours a day can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. While some people seem to be more prone to this condition, it can also be caused by sitting at a workstation that is not ergonomically friendly.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when swelling in the wrist puts pressure on the nerves. This can result in pain, tingling and numbness in the hands and arms. The pain can be severe and cause limited mobility in the affected arm and hand. Pain from this condition can make it much more difficult to do your job.

Back, Shoulder and Neck Pain

Another risk of sitting in front of a computer all day is pain in the neck, shoulders or lower back. Workers should talk to their employers about making their workstations more ergonomically friendly. For example, taking the following steps could help prevent injuries from developing:

  • Make sure your wrists are in a neutral position and not stretching forward or backward to type on a keyboard or use a mouse
  • Sit up straight and keep your elbows by your side
  • Adjust the height of your chair so your feet are resting on the floor – your knees should be bent at a 90-degree angle
  • Move your computer monitor(s) to ensure it is at eye level and directly in front of you

Eye Strain

Looking at a computer screen and a smartphone screen for several hours a day can easily strain your eyes. You may experience headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes or fatigue. It is not like you can just shut the computer off because it is essential to doing your job.

However, there are some steps you can take to help reduce the risk of eye strain:

  • Do not put your monitor right in front of a window
  • Adjust the brightness of your display to match the brightness of your workstation
  • Change the size of text so it is easier to see
  • Close the blinds to reduce the amount of bright light coming in from the outside
  • Turn your eyes away from the computer for 20 seconds every 20 minutes

Slip and Fall Accidents

The National Safety Council reports slip and fall accidents account for the largest number of work injuries for office workers. In fact, office workers are two to two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer a disabling injury from a fall compared to non-office workers.

Some of the most common reasons for falls include:

  • Bad lighting that makes it difficult to see
  • Reaching for something while in a chair that is unstable
  • Wet floors
  • Loose carpet
  • Electrical cords
  • Objects in walkways

You can reduce your risk of a slip and fall by closing desk drawers when you have grabbed what you need, not reaching for things while you are seated and cleaning up spills.

Injured on the Job? Learn More About How We Could Help

Injured employees often have many questions about what to do next. That is why it can be invaluable to meet with a licensed attorney to go over legal options. At Berry, Smith & Bartell, this initial consultation costs nothing. There is also no obligation to hire our firm to represent you.

We are here to answer your questions and determine if workers’ compensation benefits may be available. You can contact us at any point in the process, whether you have not filed a claim, or your claim has already been denied.

For a free case evaluation with Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation call 1-800-848-6288 today!

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