Accidents at work have long been associated with incidents such as slips, trips and falls and injuries sustained through manual handling. The reality is that workplace accidents are far more varied, covering a wide range of occupational illnesses and injuries.
As the working world becomes increasingly tech-savvy, there has been a rise in the number of people who are reporting instances of computer-related work injuries such as computer vision syndrome, smartphone thumb and Laptop Slouch.
What is ‘Laptop Slouch’?
By nature, laptops encourage users to adopt an unnatural posture, hunched over the screen, with rounded shoulders, a bent back and a tilted neck.
Because the QWERTY keyboard and the laptop screen are so close together, users instinctively allow their bodies to take this position and it is leading to a number of neck, shoulder and back strains and sprains.
Due to Laptop Slouch, workers are reporting repetitive strain injuries and musculoskeletal problems.
Can it be helped?
To avoid occupational injury, it is advisable to use a docking station and an external monitor, opting to use a desktop PC rather than your portable device, or by requesting use of a laptop stand.
These three simple options can prevent work-related injury. Any employer who considers the implications of Laptop Slouch will be willing to provide a solution – such as one of the above – following a work risk assessment.
Who is to blame for your accident at work?
From time to time, accidents do occur due to human error, little lapses of concentration, and at times like these, no one is really to blame. That being said, instances do occur when employees injure themselves at work, through no fault of their own, and they want to follow up the work-related accident.
In a case such as this, you have to ask yourself if you think your employer is to blame. When at work, your employer has a legal responsibility to ensure your health and well-being. Should you sustain an injury due to employer negligence, your employer has failed to fulfil this responsibility and it is likely that you have a case eligible for personal injury compensation.
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Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice