Working in an office can always cause health problems especially in offices that have no opening windows and only air conditioning. This means that germs spread quickly, and you have to be pretty fit and healthy to have a chance of avoiding it. So, how do you stay fit and healthy in the office and avoid any potential work accident claims?
Lift the correct way to avoid an accident at work and stay fit and healthy
When you need to lift any heavy boxes or objects always make sure you bend at your knees and lift, rather than bending at your back. This will not only prevent an injury claim in the shape of a damaged back, but you will find it a lot easier to lift heavier objects. If an item is too heavy do not attempt to lift it on your own and always ask for help to avoid an accident at work.
Take a break to stay fit and healthy
Always make sure you take your allotted breaks every day, or if you aren’t allocated any make sure you take regular tea breaks. Prolonged periods of time sat staring at a screen is very bad for your health, so make sure you get up from time to time. Taking these breaks will help minimise the chances of getting injuries, such as repetitive strain, as you are not continually putting your wrist muscles under pressure all day.
This seems like an obvious one, but when you are sitting in front of a computer all day it is way too easy to snack on junk food such as chocolate, especially if you have a vending machine in the office. Eating fresh fruit and vegetables as snacks instead will make you a lot healthier, and help prevent those viruses from getting to you, thus helping you avoid any injury claims.
But, if you do have an accident at work that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you make this claim for compensation, whilst making the process as easy and stress free as possible for you. Find out how much you could claim either by taking the 30-second compensation calculator test, or speaking to one of the advisers on the helpline – 0800 689 0500 – which is answered 24 hours a day.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown