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Office workers and job-related injury risks

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

When people think of workplace injuries, they often envision hazardous environments like construction sites or factories. However, office workers are not exempt from the risk of injuries.

While office work may seem less physically demanding, workers still face various hazards. It is important to go over common workplace injuries and tips for prevention.

Musculoskeletal disorders and eye strain

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that 2.8 million nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses occurred in the private sector during 2020. Unfortunately, office workers accounted for many of these injuries. Office workers frequently spend long hours sitting at desks, which can lead to musculoskeletal disorders. Poor posture, improper ergonomics and repetitive movements can contribute to conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain and neck strain. To prevent these injuries, maintain proper posture, sitting with your back straight and feet flat on the floor. Also, take regular breaks to stretch and move around.

Constantly staring at computer screens can cause eye strain, leading to dry eyes, blurred vision and headaches. To reduce eye strain, position your monitor at eye level and adjust the brightness and contrast settings. Every 20 minutes, look away from the screen and focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Falls and mental health

Slip and fall accidents are not limited to industrial settings. In office environments, loose cables, wet floors and cluttered walkways pose a risk. To prevent such accidents, keep walkways clear of obstacles and secure cables properly. Clean up spills immediately and use caution signs to warn others. Additionally, high workloads, tight deadlines and a lack of work-life balance can lead to anxiety, depression and burnout. To prioritize mental well-being, practice stress management techniques, such as deep breathing exercises or mindfulness meditation.

Office workers may not face the same risks as those in more physical jobs, but they are not immune to workplace injuries. By being aware of the potential hazards and following preventive measures, office workers and employers can create a safer work environment.