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Beware of these office hazards
27 Oct 2017 | William J. Kropach | Workers' Compensation

Workplace accidents can happen in any industry or occupation. Individuals from different backgrounds and professions can become victims of these accidents, notwithstanding the position held. But every job has its challenges and common hazards. Unfortunately, most office workers believe an office is a safe place free of hazards. But that’s not always the case. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, many office workers report thousands of work-related health problems every year.

Slip and fall accidents are among the most commonly reported office accidents, accounting for the greatest number of disabling injuries. But there are other office hazards such as poor indoor air quality, poor lighting, noise, and a hostile work environment, which make your office space unbearable. Identifying these hazards is the first step in helping remove them and reducing the risk of injury.

Slip and fall accidents

It is common seeing a coworker slip and fall on a wet area. But there are other things, besides unattended spills, which may cause a slip and fall accident. Sometimes exposed cords and severe weather conditions can create hazards in entry and exit areas. It is important that areas prone to water accumulation are cleaned properly and signs labeling these hazards are posted. Electrical cords should not be stretched across aisles or walkways and carpets should be stretched in properly.

Ergonomic injuries

Most office workers spend a lot of time seated at a desk, which may result in ergonomic injuries. Although posture and repetitive movement cause these injuries, it may be difficult to identify them. Employers should offer a variety of adjustable chairs to accommodate their employees’ needs. Some tips may help setting up your computer workstation properly:

  • Place your chair, computer and keyboard in a straight line with the body.
  • Maintain good posture.
  • Sit up straight with good back support.
  • Your arms should hang loosely in front of your torso.
  • Elbows bent no higher than 90 degrees.
  • Position your keyboard and mouse close to the body at a comfy height.
  • Adjust your chair and keep your feet flat on the floor.

Eyestrain

It is common for your eyes to become dry and irritated after long hours in front of a computer, which may cause eyestrain. Manual work may need more light while staring at the computer doesn’t. Position your monitor below eye level, increase font size, and reduce screen glare. You should take a 10 min break for every hour in front of a computer screen.

Fire hazards

Office fires are very common and they can result in millions of property damage. Some things your employer can do to keep the office are free of fire hazards to include:

  • Inspecting power cords and replacing them when necessary.
  • Damaged cords should not be used and cords should not overload the wall outlet.
  • Extension cords may only use to provide temporary power and they should connect only one device.

Poor indoor air quality

Many workers across our nation have developed occupational asthma and other respiratory problems due to poor air quality. Proper cleaning and ventilation should improve the office air quality. Restrooms and bathrooms should be sanitized and workers should not be asked to remove spoiled food.

If you have suffered a workplace injury, contact an Encino workers’ compensation attorney to protect your legal rights.

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