3 Ways You Can Get Hurt Without Leaving Your Desk
Office environments are generally considered to be low-risk workplaces when compared with other labor positions that involve operating machinery, lifting heavy objects, or working with or near hazardous materials. Even a low-risk environment has its own unique pitfalls however, and an injury or illness can easily occur if proper precautions are not taken.
Office injuries are often a result of slips or falls, faulty office equipment or falling objects, but some injuries are more passive in nature and result from a prolonged repetitive behavior or exposure to a harmful environmental condition.
Passive Office Injuries
Even without leaving the assumed safety of one’s own personal workspace, the following injuries are a risk:
- Repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. The repetitive wrist and elbow movements associated with office labor can lead to significant injury if precautions such as ergonomic desks and chairs and regular breaks are not taken.
- Eye strain. Staring at a computer screen for hours at a time can eventually cause permanent damage to one’s vision.
- Toxic mold. If the structure you work in is affected by toxic mold, you may become severely ill over time without noticing the onset of symptoms or being able to tie it to your occupational environment.
Workers’ compensation is not the exclusive right of construction workers and coal miners. If you have been injured while on the job, you may be entitled to benefits to address your medical needs and wages lost due to missed time at work.
The skilled and knowledgeable Fayetteville workers’ compensation attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, have years of experience securing fair compensation for employees who are hurt or sickened in the course of their employment. Contact us by calling 910-488-1600 today to discuss your claim.