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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Better ergonomics: Desktop or laptop computers?


    UK employers have a duty to take steps to reduce work injuries, such as providing ergonomic office furniture. If you use desktop or laptop computers, it’’s wise to be aware of the potential risks and to take steps to protect your spine and improve your posture.

    Back pain is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the world. If you suffer from back pain as a result of your working environment, or you’’ve been injured in accidents at work, you may be eligible for work accident compensation.

    What is better ergonomically, desktop or laptop computers?

    If you sit at a desk all day using desktop or laptop computers, there is a risk of back and neck pain. Your posture and sitting position are key when it comes to protecting your spine and reducing tension and strain on the surrounding muscles.

    Ideally, when you’’re sitting, your spine should be upright and your shoulders should be back. Your head should face forward. When you’’re typing, you should be able to reach the keyboard of your desktop or laptop computers without stretching and the screen should be in line with your natural eye line.

    When you’’re using a laptop, the screen is often lower than your eye line due to the size and position of the display. You also tend to lean forward, which can cause your spine to bend. When typing, you may also find that you lean on the keyboard for support; this can cause strain on your wrists and increase the risk of repetitive strain injury.

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    With desktop computers, the screen tends to be higher, which means that you don’’t need to stretch to see it properly. You can also adjust the position of the screen in relation to your keyboard, which makes it easier to find a comfortable position.

    Desktop and laptop computers both have pros and cons, but desktops are generally much better when it comes to your posture and your health.

    Ergonomically designed office furniture, including adjustable office chairs and desks can also help to promote good posture and prevent aches and pains. If your job requires long periods of sitting at a computer, your employer should provide you with ergonomically designed office furniture.

    Claiming compensation for work injuries

    If you have concerns about your health or you’’re worried about work injuries, speak to your boss. If you feel that your employer’’s negligence has resulted in work accidents or occupational injuries, call Accident Advice Helpline to discuss work injury compensation now.

    Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

    Date Published: August 1, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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