Computers make the world go round and ICT consultants play an increasingly important role in everyday life. The work of an ICT consultant may not seem hazardous on the surface; however, like most jobs, there are hidden risks and if you’ve been injured or have experience of accidents at work, you may be able to claim compensation.
Work accidents: Top 5 potential claims for ICT consultants
ICT consultants have a range of roles, which are designed to ensure that businesses, schools and organisations are able to work effectively and efficiently using computer systems and software. As a largely office-based job, this may not seem like the most dangerous role; however, the nature of the work does mean that there is a risk of work-related injuries. Here are five potential work injury claims for ICT workers:
- Repetitive strain injury compensation
Repetitive strain injury is an umbrella term used to describe injuries that result from repeated movements and actions; this is a common problem for office workers, due to the fact that they tend to spend long periods of time in the same position, carrying out repeated actions, such as typing, for example. Types of repetitive strain injury include tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Eye strain
Eye strain is common due to the fact that ICT consultants spend long periods of time staring at a screen; the risk of work-related illness is increased by sitting too close or too far away from the screen and failing to take regular breaks.
- Back pain
Back pain is one of the most common health complaints among workers in the UK and is particularly common among office workers and those who carry out heavy lifting as part of their job. Poor posture is a major risk factor for back and neck pain and employees should be provided with supportive chairs and the relevant lifting and handling training.
- Slips, trips and falls
Offices can be dangerous places when it comes to slips and trips; from obstructions lying in doorways and corridors, to slippery floors in the canteen or frayed carpets on the stairs. Employers are required by law to enforce health and safety measures and if you’ve had an accident as a result of failure to comply with these guidelines, you should be eligible for work accident compensation.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon monoxide poisoning should be a concern for every manager or supervisor. It is essential that equipment, such as air conditioning units, are checked on a regular basis to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, which does not usually cause obvious symptoms.
If you’ve been injured at work, contact Accident Advice Helpline for expert advice about personal injury claims on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.