Many of us have heard the terms “white-collar” and “blue-collar” etc. before, but are unsure as to what exactly these terms actually refer to. White-collar work refers to the white collar on a typical dress shirt worn by someone in an office, as opposed to what was traditionally the blue shirt of a typical worker who performs manual labour. White-collar workers typically include managers, administrators and accountants, and their work is mostly undertaken in an office.
Are white-collar workers at risk of an accident at work?
The simple answer is that any worker is at risk of an accident in the workplace and white-collar workers, although most of their work takes place in the relatively safe environment of the office, are no exception.
What are the main dangers for white-collar work?
Here is a list of some the most commonly reported injuries suffered by white-collar workers:
- Slips, trips and falls. The most common type of work-related accident suffered by white-collar workers. It’s important to wear non-slip shoes in the workplace and be aware of any loose or uneven flooring and spillages.
- Vision problems. Staring at a computer screen from 9-5 can cause serious strain on the eyes and leads to irritation, light sensitivity, migraines, blurred or double vision and temporary myopia.
- Ergonomic injuries. If your office equipment is not suited to or properly fitted for your body, then you may suffer an ergonomic injury. Here is a list of the some of the most common ergonomic injuries:
- Bursitis. If you do not have a proper chair, then it is possible you may develop bursitis. Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa which provides cushioning between bones, tendons and muscles. Bursitis can develop over time and may require surgery to correct.
- Carpal Tunnel. The repetitive motion of the traditional keyboard and mouse can lead to Carpal Tunnel, a condition which occurs when the median nerve in the wrist is compressed, causing numbness and pain, and complicate even the most simple of daily tasks.
Are white-collar workers eligible for industrial accident compensation?
Anyone who has suffered an accident in the workplace which wasn’t their fault may be entitled to compensation, and white-collar work is certainly included in this. If you undertake white-collar work and you’ve been affected by any of the above symptoms or other injuries related to your work within the last 3 years, then contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: January 2, 2014
Author: David Brown