People typically assume that working in an office setting is pretty safe. While it is true that these workers don’t have a lot of the same hazards as construction workers or others who have manual labor to handle, there are still some risks that office workers face that must be addressed.
Even in an office, there is sometimes lifting that must be done. This might be picking up a case of paper or other office supplies. In order to do this safely, you have to ensure that the object isn’t too heavy to lift alone. If it is heavy or bulky, you should get someone else in the office to help you lift it.
When you do have to pick something up, make sure that you use your legs and not your back. This helps to protect your back and could prevent considerable pain. If you are getting the item from the floor, be sure to squat down to pick it up. Trying to lift something by bending over puts all the weight on your back.
You also need to watch for other hazards in the office. This includes trip hazards like cords on the floor or loose carpeting. Falls are a big source of injury for people who work in office spaces. When you fall, you run the risk of hitting your head or back on something, which would increase the chance that you suffer a serious injury.
Even if you are as careful as possible, there is a chance that you will have an office accident that causes injuries. Remember, workers’ compensation is here to help you in those cases. You may receive medical benefits and partial wage replacement, as well as specific other benefits when you file your claim.