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5 Most Common Office Accidents

While the office may not be known as one the most dangerous places to work, the risk of injury can still be high and sometimes even disabling.

All employers have a duty to keep staff safe, however office workers are still injured every day in accidents that could have been easily prevented. Below you will find just a handful of examples of the most common office accidents and our tips on how to prevent them.

1 – Falls

Falls are the most common cause of office injury, and account for the greatest number of disabling accidents. People are around 2.5 times as likely to be injured from a fall in an office than in any other workplace.

Hazards in an office such as loose cables, damaged carpet, and boxes/files lying around all contribute to trips and falls in the office. You can reduce the risk of office falls by doing the following:

  • Fixing loose carpeting
  • Tidying wires or attaching them to walls
  • Ensure pathways are clear at all times
  • Clearing up spills and wet floors as soon as they occur.

2 – Lifting

Generally speaking, most lifting that takes place in an office doesn’t involve heavy objects, however small, light loads such as files and documents around the office can still cause back or neck injury if done in an incorrect manner. Practising good lifting techniques can help reduce the rick of injury:

  • Pick up an object from the floor by bending your legs – never your back
  • Ask a co-worker for help
  • Use a lifting aid such as a cart or truck

3 – Workstation

Workstation injuries are some of the less obvious, but are more than capable of causing significant damage. A badly designed chair, or a desk/computer at the wrong height can lead to long-term health problems including muscle strain, poor posture, eyestrain and carpal tunnel syndrome.

  • Take regular breaks to walk around
  • Adjust your chair so your back and arms are supported
  • Change position regularly
  • Invest in an ergonomic office chair
  • Adjust your monitor so the top of the screen is at eye level

4 – Falling objects

Office workers may be struck by objects falling from the top of cupboards, items dropped on feet, or collapsing materials which have been piled too high. Head injuries are a common result of this type of this accident.

  • Purchase proper storage devices
  • Avoid storing objects on top of cabinets
  • Store heavy objects on lowest shelves
  • Avoid stacking unstable boxes and materials too high

5 – Strain

Strain injuries can happen when office supplies have been stored high up out of reach. Pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, and throwing activities in the office can also cause strain injuries. Storerooms are common places for strain injuries, and employees can risk putting their backs out by reaching for objects that are too far away.

  • Place commonly used items within reach
  • Utilise ladders for overhead reaching
  • Get up rather than stretching to reach something while seated

If you find yourself injured in an office accident, and it wasn’t your fault then get in touch with Express Solicitors. Our number one aim is to put you back to the position you were in before your accident. That means taking account of not just the injury itself, but how it affects your job, as well as your day to day life and recreation.

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