You have a lot on your mind already. You have work to do and deadlines to reach, and the last thing you want to worry about is injuries in the workplace. But injuries do happen in the office, and it is much more common than you think.
According to the Fort Walton Beach workplace injury attorneys of the Bruner Law Firm, workplace injuries may be subject to legal action. But to avoid all the attorney fees, medical costs, and other financial burdens associated with workplace accidents, it is still better to just prevent accidents outright.
Below is a list of common office dangers that you should look out for.
Offices don’t generally have heavy objects that require lifting, but it doesn’t mean that workers are safe from lifting injuries. Piled up documents and other potentially heavy office items can be a primary cause of injury, especially if the lifting is not done properly or the employee is not very physically gifted. Don’t be afraid to ask co-workers for help, or if you should do the lifting alone, get the support that carts and trucks provide.
There may be no obvious dangerous conditions or products in your workplace, but you may still be vulnerable to injury because of subtle factors such as the design of your work station. If your chair does not support your back, your computer monitor is too high or too low, or if your keyboard is not on a proper level, you may experience various problems involving your eyes, neck, back, and wrists. Make sure that the elements in your station is adjusted to properly accommodate your body, and don’t be afraid to take a break to avoid wearing yourself out.
Slips and Falls
Your office is a busy place, and there is a tendency that there are equipment, loose cables, debris, spills, and other obstructions that may cause you to trip, slip, or fall. To prevent such things to happen, organization of work materials is key. Maintaining the cleanliness of the workplace is also important to avoid unnecessary obstructions. This is particularly true when weather conditions are taken into account, like when ice, snow, and rain, create hazardous circumstances to both the exterior and interior of the office.