Though the risk of suffering an accident at work in an office is low compared with some occupations, an accident in the office can be extremely painful and leave you unable to work for a period of time. Here are the five most common accidents in the office:
Slips, trips and falls
Slipping or tripping is the single biggest cause of work-related injuries. Slips and trips account for more than 4.1 million lost working days per year. A slip or trip can result in painful injuries and is often described as an initiator accident, as it may cause a subsequent accident, such as scalding.
Repetitive strain injury
Repetitive strain injury occurs when an excessive load is placed on the same muscle groups for a long period of time. Repetitive strain injuries are perhaps more common accidents in the office than in some work environments, due to constant use of a keyboard and sitting immobile in one position. It is important to ensure your workspace is ergonomically adapted to avoid suffering a repetitive strain injury.
Generally speaking, there is little in the way of heavy lifting in the office but even lifting lighter loads can result in a back, neck or shoulder injury. Ensure you maintain proper posture and the use the correct lifting method to prevent injury.
- Falling objects
Objects such as plant pots or ornaments pose a serious hazard in the workplace. If an item falls from height and lands on a person, it can result in a serious head injury. Ensure that no objects are placed on top of cupboards or filing cabinets and any personal items are stored in lockers where available.
- Workstation injuries
Workstation injuries encompass a broad variety of injuries and accidents such as the above-mentioned repetitive strain injuries. However it is not just repetitive strain injuries that can occur at your desk, but also eye strain and muscle cramps. This term could also apply to a scalding that has occurred as the result of a spilled cup of coffee.
If you’ve suffered a work-related injury and someone else was to blame, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for more information. All claims are made on a 100% no win no fee* basis and the majority of claims are settled outside court, meaning many of our clients will not have to face their employer in a court setting when making a claim.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown