White-collar work is defined as work that is performed within offices, cubicles and other administrative settings.
The dangers of white-collar work
The most common dangers associated with white-collar work include:
- Work-related stress
- Manual handling accidents
- Slips, trips and falls
- Injuries by electrocution
White-collar work and work-related stress
Stress at work has the potential to damage workers’ mental and physical health, undermine performance and prove costly to employers. Common causes of work stress-related health issues include:
- Too little or too much work
- Conflicting priorities
- Major changes
- Little or no control over work being done (i.e. target-led or process tasks)
- Conflicts with other employees and/or employers
Including work-induced musculoskeletal disorders (like injury to or pain in joints, arms and legs, for example) and repetitive strain injuries, manual handling accidents are typically the result of:
- Improper lifting, carrying or lowering; pulling or pushing of loads
- Unsuitable seating or workstations
- Repetitive movements or spending too much time looking at computer screens
- Poor working environment (temperature, lighting)
- Poor working organisation (job demands, work pressure, lack of work breaks)
The majority of repetitive strain disorders in white-collar work environments are upper limb disorders (aches and pains, tension and varying disorders affecting the arm from the fingers to the shoulder and/or the neck) including conditions affecting soft tissues muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as the limb’s nerve and circulatory supply. Eye strains due prolonged periods of working on computers are also comparatively common.
Office accidents involving trips, slips or falls are typically the result of wet, otherwise contaminated or cluttered floors, uneven flooring or trailing cables. Electrocutions at work can be caused by faulty wiring or defective electrical or electronic equipment.
Health and safety at work
Employers in all types of working environments have a legal duty of care to safeguard the health and safety of their employees. In other words, the law requires employers to assess potential risks and take all necessary reasonable steps to prevent these risks causing accidents at work.
Employees injured at work because their employer did not take these steps have the right to claim for work injury compensation. If you think you may qualify for a work injury claim, discuss your workplace accident or work-related illness with one of our expert advisors now to learn more. Our freephone numbers for calling from mobiles or landlines are: 0333 500 0993 and 0800 689 0500 respectively.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown