Most employees would probably agree that some jobs are more dangerous than others. Working on a construction site, for example, presents understandable potential tragedies. The same is true for professional drivers, many of whom spend years transporting consumer goods. However, it’s important to remember that every industry, and each job title, presents the possibility of getting hurt.
While office workers don’t necessarily need to worry about suffering a traumatic brain injury or puncture wounds, the type of work typically performed in an office setting can still result in injuries that require medical attention and time away from work.
Three common office worker injuries
A quiet office space can allow employees to fulfill consumer orders, process requests for information or plot sales forecasts. Yet, over time, working at a desk can take its toll.
Slippery floors, open file drawers and networked computer cables all hold fall risk. In fact, falling is the primary cause of disabling injuries for office workers. Additional issues relate to:
- Neck and back injuries from lifting awkward or heavy objects
- Repetitive motion injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and ganglion cysts
- Low back pain from inactivity and poor posture
Regular short breaks and ergonomic workstations can ease strain and discomfort. Chiropractic care may also provide relief.
To do any job well, employees must be at their best. In some cases, an employer can make adjustments to ease the symptoms of uncomfortable workers. However, when discomfort lends itself to pain and decreased ability to complete a task, workers’ compensation may provide the best opportunity to maintain well-being and performance.