When most people think of work-related injuries, they think about something drastic. However, workplace-related injuries can occur to anyone anywhere, including those who spend most of their work days behind a desk. In fact, a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that over three million people suffered injuries at the workplace in 2013 alone.
Although office workers generally do not have to utilize heavy machinery or handle chemicals, they still face risks. It is vital for employers and employees alike to be aware of the dangers so everyone can circumvent them. Here are some of the most common instances of worker-related injuries for people who work at their desks most of the time.
Falls and slips
People can fall down anywhere. Whether it is a result of water spilling on the floor or carpet being pulled up, one fall can lead to serious injuries. Additionally, the area outside can become slippery due to rain or snow, and the company may be liable for injuries occurring directly outside the property.
Poor indoor air quality
People spend hours at a time inside an office building. That means everyone is breathing the same air if there is not an adequate ventilation system in place. Overcrowding in the office can also lead to breathing issues. The office also requires proper maintenance; the company may need to hire a cleaning service to ensure dirt does not accumulate.
Excessive eye strain
Employees who spend most their days in front of a computer screen need to be aware of the impact that has on their eyes. Staring at a screen constantly without breaks can lead to the eyes becoming irritated and dry. To reduce the likelihood of eye strain, workers should take a 10-minute break once every hour to focus on something else. Eye problems can develop over time, so this is a workplace injury that may not be immediately apparent.