For many people the workplace they visit each weekday will be an office. It could be a small personal space or one that is shared with dozens of other people. However the size doesn’t really matter, because in every case there is a need to make sure that no office back injuries occur to the people who are working there.
Back injuries can be really problematic, with all kinds of things from strained muscles to slipped discs occurring in some situations. As we are about to find out, not all office back injuries occur as the result of an accident either. While you might trip and fall and hurt your back, you might also develop an injury over the space of several weeks or even months.
How could an injury like this happen?
If you spend much of your work day sitting in an office chair typing on a computer, or doing similar desk-bound work, you need to be sure you are sitting in a position that is good for you. You need to sit properly and be aware of your posture if you are to prevent yourself from suffering a bad back in the future.
To this end your employer has a duty to make sure your desk, chair and other facilities do not permit the development of back issues. For example they must pay attention to ergonomics and to the provision of appropriate work equipment and furniture. If you ask for this and you are denied it, and you later suffer a back injury, you could be entitled to compensation.
How common are office back injuries?
Most companies realise the importance of ensuring their workers are able to work without discomfort or health problems that are caused by their job. They must do everything within their power to ensure they provide a safe and secure workplace that is not likely to lead to back injuries or any other injuries occurring. For example this might include swapping duties so no one spends too long sitting or typing in one position.
If you work in an office and you have developed a back injury you think could and should have been prevented, call Accident Advice Helpline now. We can determine whether negligence might be the root cause of your injury, so call us free on 0800 689 0500 to learn more information about your case.