While accidents at work vary in type and severity, office-related back problems are common ailments for those who sit behind a desk day in, day out.
Although the employer has a legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of all employees while they are at work, it is also important that workers take their health into their own hands. By adopting good ergonomic practices and working with your employer to complete a thorough workplace assessment, it is possible to reduce office-related back problems.
Reducing office-related back problems
While many people may look for products to assist with their office-related back problems, it is likely that you can make improvements without too many additional products.
Five of the best ways to reduce office-related back problems include:
- Opting for a computer mouse with a long lead or infrared facility. This enables the user to operate the hardware by the keyboard.
- Investing in a footrest, in the case that your feet do not meet the ground flat.
- Requesting an office chair which offers support for your individual ergonomic needs, including correct lumbar support, following a workplace assessment.
- Ensuring your computer monitor sits at your eye-level. This prevents injuries due to slouching. Monitor mounts and stands can facilitate this.
- Using a stopwatch or alarm device to remind you to take regular breaks in the office, away from your desk.
Claiming compensation for office-related back problems
If you have sustained a back problem at work and you believe your employer could be held liable, you may be able to claim compensation for the harm you have suffered.
While you are at work, your employer has a legal obligation to ensure your health and safety. So, in the case that they do not complete a thorough workplace assessment to reduce the risk of you sustaining office-related back problems, for example, they could be held liable.
Every accident at work is unique, which is why, at Accident Advice Helpline, we offer a free initial consultation to all victims of personal injury. This helps us uncover the foundations of your case and determine both where liability may lie, and your eligibility to claim.
Getting in touch with us
For more information surrounding occupational injury compensation, and to receive your free initial consultation, speak with us today via our freephone helpline number 0800 689 0500, or call us on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice