Computer-related injuries can be broadly divided into posture-related injuries, overuse injuries of arms or hands, and computer use-related eye strain, as well as slips, trips and falls and injuries by electrocution or fire.
The most common computer related injuries are the result of sitting for prolonged periods of time, poor posture, and poorly designed workstations. Posture-related injuries at work
on computers can include headaches, neck and back pain, as well as joint and muscle problems in the arms and shoulders.
Cause of posture-related injuries
Causing physical fatigue, prolonged sitting can reduce blood circulation to bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons, which can lead to pain and stiffness.
Bad postures and improperly set up workstations can magnify such work injuries by putting even greater stress onto your joints and muscles.
Awkward postures and repetitive movements can cause overuse injuries at work. Often referred to as repetitive strain injuries, computer related injuries typically occur in computer
users’ hands, wrists or elbows.
A repetitive strain injury may include symptoms ranging from painful tendons and muscles to stiffness, swelling and pain in the joints. Numbness or weakness in the affected area may also be experienced.
Computer-related eye strain
Looking at a computer screen for prolonged periods may result in eye strain. While there is currently no evidence suggesting that eye strain can damage your sight, it can be responsible for headaches, a temporary inability to properly focus on objects at a distance, and blurred vision.
Other computer-related injuries
Badly positioned wiring can cause trip and fall accidents at work. Injuries by tripping and falling can range in severity from minor cuts or bruises to broken bones and head, neck or back injuries.
Defective computers or wiring can also be responsible for injuries by fire or electrocution.
Your employer is legally responsible for your health and safety at work. This means your employer has to assess any risks you may be exposed to and take all necessary, reasonable steps to minimise those risks and prevent you developing a work-related condition or being injured at work.
If your employer fails to do this and you subsequently develop an occupational illness or are hurt in a workplace accident, you can claim for work injury compensation.
Making a claim for computer-related injuries
Get your claim started now by calling us, Accident Advice Helpline, from your mobile or landline on our confidential, no-obligation freephone helpline on 0333 500 0993 or 0800 689 0500 and discussing your situation with an advisor.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice