The office might seem like a very safe workplace. However, it comes with hidden risks and hazards that can cause serious or even life-altering injuries.
Understanding the risks that come with office work can help you take precautions to prevent them from happening in the first place. That said, here are three common office injuries that you need to look out for.
Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs)
Repetitive strain injuries are probably one of the most difficult to diagnose. Basically, these injuries happen when you engage in particular repeat movements such as inputting on a computer or using tools and equipment over time resulting in muscle strains and inflammation. Left undiagnosed and treated, RSIs can lead to degenerative changes.
You can prevent RSIs by using ergonomic equipment, taking regular breaks and practicing agile working.
Back pains develop when you sit for an extended period or when you use unergonomic furniture. It can also happen if your job involves lifting heavy objects. Left untreated, back injuries can become chronic.
Just like RSIs, you can prevent back pains by taking regular breaks. Improving your office setup by investing in ergonomic furniture and backrest can also help reduce the risk of work-related back pain.
Eye strain is not uncommon among office workers. This can lead to discomfort and unending migraines, making it difficult to be productive. Eye strain can be caused by either too little or too much lighting.
You can manage eye strain by adjusting your desk set-up, adjusting your office lighting system and, of course, taking a break from your computer.
Every employee deserves a safe and comfortable workplace. If you sustain injuries while at work or while advancing your employer’s interests, you may be eligible for financial restitution through your employer-funded workers’ compensation program.