Recently, we discussed how good posture at a computer can help reduce the chance that you suffer from a repetitive motion injury, but carpal tunnel is not the only danger that you might find in an office environment. This post covers three common accident risks that lurk in offices and how you can avoid them.
One of the most common reasons for injury in the workplace is falls, and loose flooring is a danger you can keep an eye out for. Loose floorboards or tiles can cause you to trip, as can loose carpeting. A rug that rolls up oddly, especially around a doorway, can be a common danger. Watch where you are walking, be aware of your surroundings, and report issues to your employer so they can be fixed.
A second common reason for injuries is also related to falls. Obstructions in the walkways or hallways of a work space can be dangerous, especially since workers are often carrying or looking at items as they move. Watch for drawers that are pulled out, boxes or other items left in the walkway and electrical cords stretched across walkways. Always make an effort to avoid blocking paths to create a safer office.
Finally, offices are filled with electrical equipment, making injury by electrocution possible. Regularly check the equipment and cords in your work area to ensure they are in proper condition, and always visually inspect common-area equipment before you use it, move it or plug it in.
If you are injured in an office because of a fall or an electrical issue, you might be able to receive workers’ compensation to cover expenses such as medical bills. Working with a lawyer helps you understand your options and how to seek coverage.
Source: Atlantic Training, “Office Safety Tips: A Comprehensive Resource,” accessed May 13, 2016