A typical workplace may not seem unsafe at first glance, yet there might be unnoticeable dangers inside. Falling due to slippery floors, tripping over exposed wires, or even just bad posture can result in serious injuries. Knowing the common causes of office accidents can help you steer clear of harm and spare you from extensive medical treatment and therapy.
Sitting in front of your computer might seem harmless, but a poorly set up workstation can put undue stress on your body. A computer screen that is too high or too low can strain your neck and shoulders. Meanwhile, a desk that is too high can make it uncomfortable to type for long periods.
Over time, poor ergonomics can cause you to develop musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and lower back injuries. If you often feel discomfort from doing work at your desk, consider adjusting your work equipment.
Slips, trips and falls
Every year, over 700 workplace fatalities result from slips, trips, and falls. Among the common culprits are wet floors, loose wires, cluttered walkways, inadequate lighting and lack of warning signs, which are common in poorly maintained office environments. If left unaddressed, employees may lose their balance or be unable to spot and avoid dangers.
Repetitive strain injuries
Doing the same tasks repeatedly without rest can strain your muscles and joints over time, potentially causing repetitive strain injuries (RSI). Performing activities frequently, such as lifting, pushing or even typing, along with poor posture and ergonomics, may raise the risk of an RSI.
Excessive workloads or the constant pressure to meet tight deadlines may lead to stress. Chronic stress from work might aggravate existing health conditions or cause new ones to emerge. Chronic pain, high blood pressure, and tense muscles are just a few examples. Severe anxiety and depression may also indicate stress.
What can you do if you get injured at work?
In Georgia, employers with at least three workers must carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage. If you sustain an injury on the job, you may be eligible to receive workers’ comp benefits. This can provide financial assistance to cover your medical expenses and lost wages.
However, filing a claim is not always easy, as there are procedures and deadlines to follow. Familiarizing yourself with the process is crucial to securing the benefits you are potentially entitled to.
Office environments are relatively harmless, but that does not make employees immune to hazards. Awareness of the risks around you can allow you to take proactive steps to protect yourself and contribute to a safer workspace.