When thinking of work accidents, you may automatically think about a job that requires hard graft, heavy machinery, dangerous equipment and climbing ladders, but the truth is that there are risks of an accident at work in every profession: even jobs that on the surface look risk free, like a journalist. If your job requires you to write and research for a living, the facts are, you’re still at risk of suffering an injury at work.
RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) is a very common complaint in professions such as journalism. RSI is something that usually affects the hands, and is a symptom that plagues people who use their hands a lot and in the same ways and positions on a regular basis, such as typing, writing or drawing. RSI can be cramps in the hands or fingers, tingling, ligament pain and even loss of sensation. Taking regular breaks and making sure you are supplied with equipment such as padded mouse mats and keyboard rests can help you avoid this at work injury.
Very much like RSI, back pain plagues journalists, as usually, they are required to sit for long periods of time in a chair in the same position. When working for an employer, it is up to them to ensure you work in a comfortable, suitable chair and that your desk and equipment is at a correct height, as these things minimise the risk of suffering with a back injury at work.
When working on a computer, the eyes can suffer, leading to eyesight issues, such as eye strain and ocular migraines. To avoid being affected by this, it is recommended that you get an eye test every few months to check the health of your eyes. Most employers will aid you in booking an eye exam if you ask so that you don’t incur a cost or an injury in the workplace.
Trip, slip or fall
Although journalists work mostly behind a desk, they are often on location sourcing stories and research, and sometimes, in very sticky, unsafe circumstances, such as busy football matches and public events. These come with their own health and safety risks of accidents such as trips and slips, especially in crowded areas.
Journalists have to work to very tight deadlines sometimes, and this can be exceptionally stressful. Work accidents and injuries aren’t always physical symptoms, and if you are feeling stressed or exhausted and it is affecting both your personal and your work life, you still could be entitled to claim compensation with a company like Accident Advice Helpline.