Slips, trips and falls in the office are common accidents at work that lead to a myriad of occupational injuries, including sprains and fractures to the lower limbs. But, although trips over cables and slips on wet office floors are some of the more frequent office accidents, there are other hazards that can cause injuries in the office.
Common injuries in the office
Five of the most common injuries in the office are:
- Muscle strains, often affecting the upper body including neck, back and shoulders
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Repetitive strain injuries
Many office-related injuries are associated with doing a particular activity repeatedly, sometimes without rest periods, and ergonomic issues, which present musculoskeletal problems.
Preventing work-related injuries and conditions
Poor posture, or ergonomics, is one of the leading causes of office-related repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) as well as more severe musculoskeletal conditions.
It is important that office workers employ correct ergonomics when at their workstation to maintain good posture, and reduce the risk of putting strain on the tendons and ligaments in the upper body.
Adopting good posture allows not only reduced straining and twisting of the upper-body, it promotes optimum breathing and circulation as well as natural alignment of the spine.
As well as the measures you take to reduce the risk of sustaining a work-related injury, all employers of office workers must comply with the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations of 1992.
This includes completing a Display Screen Equipment (DSE) assessment to identify specific health and safety needs for each individual employee, covering the following six risk factors:
- mouse and trackball
- display screens
- work environment
When you sustain an injury in the office through no fault of your own, or if your employer has failed to complete a DSE assessment, your employer could be held liable for the harm and distress you have suffered.
In which case, a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline could help you determine whether or not your case is eligible for personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
Established in 2000, Accident Advice Helpline now has years of experience assisting victims of work-related injury and illness retrieve the compensation they are entitled to.
Whether you experienced a slip, fall or have sustained an RSI, Accident Advice Helpline will assess the basics of your case and advise you if a claim for personal injury compensation is likely to be successful.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for a free initial consultation.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice