Common risks for office workers

You might think that just because you work in an office that you aren't at risk for suffering injuries. Unfortunately, even people who are employed in this setting can still have accidents that can lead to serious problems. Utilizing proper safety techniques can help you to remain safe while you work.

One way that employers can do this is to understand some of the common accident and injury types that these workers face. Developing a comprehensive plan can benefit everyone involved.

Falls are sometimes disabling

Office workers who fall are 2 to 2.5 times more likely to end up with a debilitating injury than a non-office worker. Keeping the floors clear can help prevent these injuries. Any wet areas should be cleaned immediately or clearly marked. Everything on the floor, including rugs and cords, must be properly secured to prevent tripping. Workers shouldn't use anything other than a stepstool or ladder to climb on when they need to reach something high up.

Objects, even stationary ones, can cause injury

Running into objects, such as desks or chairs, can lead to serious injuries. Slamming your finger in a drawer or cabinet, accidents involving machines and equipment in the office, and dropping items on your feet can all lead to injuries. Using everything in the proper manner, following instructions and paying attention to where you are walking can facilitate safety.

Lifting can be dangerous

While you might not have to lift heavy objects, you should still remain cautious when you lift anything. This includes things like stacks of files or a box of supplies. Never lift with your back. Use your legs instead. Don't twist when you are carrying something even moderately heavy. If you have to pick up a heavy item, get help.

The duty for keeping workers safe falls on the employer. They must ensure that you have the tools, equipment and protocol in place to help you avoid accidents. If something happens and you are hurt at work, make sure to seek medical care. Not only can this help you get the treatment process started, it also ties the injury to the work-related situation.

Workers' compensation coverage will help to pay the medical care costs and possibly replacement wages for missed work. Certain conditions apply and there may be other benefits of the program. Understanding the application, decision and appeal processes is important if you are dealing with a claim.

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