While there are some field jobs that pose more risks to workers than others, manual laborers aren’t the only Des Moines workers who sustain injuries on the job. An office worker can sustain injury in the workplace, too.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reviews all workplace injury reports each year and groups them according to sector. The agency reports that mining, manufacturing and construction are some of the most dangerous industries, resulting in 3.8, 3.9 and 4.0 injuries per 100 workers, respectively. However, unassuming industries pose risk, too. Those in education and health services have an injury rate of 4.4 per 100 workers, and professional and business services workers’ injury rate is 1.6.
Common Types of Injuries in the Office Environment
You may not think that an office poses injury risks, but everyday work activities and circumstances can lead to injuries and illnesses for office workers. Below are some of the most common injuries that occur in the office environment.
- Falls -- Falls are, by far, the leading cause of office worker injury. Hazards can come in myriad forms, such as boxes not put away, unsecured carpets or rugs, slippery floors, poor lighting, and wires and cords in footpaths.
- Lifting injuries -- It’s easy to injure your back or neck if you don’t use proper lifting techniques, overextend yourself or try to lift more that you can handle. New office equipment, boxes of reams of paper or lifting a computer monitor can cause back sprains or strains.
- Injuries from stationary objects -- Random objects and equipment can pose risk, too. For instance, workers can be struck by objects, have their fingers caught and crushed in office equipment, run into filing cabinets, or get hair caught in machines.
- Overuse injuries -- Overuse injuries can be painful, lasting and debilitating. They can occur from sitting too long in any position (such as at a computer desk) or doing the same task over and over (such as typing).
Injured at your office? Contact our work injury firm in Des Moines.
If you were seriously hurt at work and are temporarily or permanently unable to return to work, you’ll want to discuss your case with a work injury attorney to ensure you exhaust all possible forms of compensation available to you.
To speak with an established firm in Des Moines that is dedicated to helping injured workers, contact Walker, Billingsley & Bair and get a FREE legal consultation. Call (515) 440-2852.