Even office workers face on-the-job hazards

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Even office workers face on-the-job hazards

Just because you work in an office does not mean you are free from workplace hazards. Office environments in New York City can still be dangerous leading to on-the-job injuries. Many of these injuries are serious enough to cause you to miss work. It is important to be aware of potential dangers in an office workplace.

Fall hazards

Falls are the most common office injuries. You could trip over an open drawer, power cords, loose or torn carpeting, slippery floors and objects left in walkways. You could fall if you try to use a chair to reach high places rather than using a ladder. You can also fall if there is not enough lighting to see clearly.

Lifting injuries

Office workers often have to lift things, particularly relatively small objects such as a box of paper or computer parts. Improper lifting can lead to back, neck and shoulder injuries.

Bumping into and caught between objects

You can be injured bumping into objects in your office. Offices where desks, cabinets, copy machines and other office furniture and equipment are too close together pose hazards that you could bump into. You can also get your fingers caught in drawers, windows and machines, leading to injuries.

Ergonomic injuries

If you work in an office, it is likely that you must sit in front of a computer most of the time. If your chair is unsupportive, too high or low or if you do not have proper wrist support, you can suffer musculoskeletal problems. You can also be injured if you must perform repetitive movements for a long time without taking a break.

Can workers’ compensation help you?

If you suffer a workplace injury in the office, it is likely that you will have medical bills and you will have to take time off work. Many people in such situations worry about how they will make it financially until they can return to the office. For this reason, you may want to learn more about applying for workers’ compensation benefits so you can rest assured that you will be able to make ends meet while you are injured.