Safety and health hazards can exist in almost work environment. There are a surprising number of work-injury risks for office workers.
Accidents in construction sites and other dangerous workplaces are a common occurrence. However, not many of us are aware that even office workers can get injured in the workplace. Even workers who work primarily at a desk or in a high rise are at risk of injuries.
In this article, our St. Louis Injured at Work Lawyers will discuss the key risks faced by many office workers:
- Slip and Falls – Falls on stairs and flat surfaces are common in office environments. If there is ripped carpet, poorly maintained or uneven flooring in the office, a worker can trip and fall. Stairs, especially when poorly maintained, lack proper railing or are poorly lit, can pose serious dangers. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration, falls on stairs are among the most common workplace injuries.
- Workplace violence – You may be surprised to know that even white-collar or office workers are at risk of workplace violence. At the close of a financial year, workers in the financial sector may face violence form others as clients may become stressed out or upset over certain situations. Also, all workplaces have certain workers who are aggressive, and can cause serious injuries. Employers should take necessary precaution to ensure workplace security.
- Machinery and furniture related injuries – Office furniture can be hazardous and cause injuries. Poorly maintained and broken chairs can crumple and cause injuries such as fractures. Faxes, computer, photocopiers and other machines can overheat and cause injuries. It is important to maintain office furniture and equipment to ensure safety. The workers should report unsafe conditions and report them in time and ask for replacement furniture or equipment.
- Repetitive stress injuries – One of the most common work related injuries suffered by office workers result from strains caused by lifting heavy boxes of materials and equipment or repetitive stress caused by long hours of filing, typing and other tasks. Use of wrist rests, wrist guards, and other such safety measures can prevent such injuries.
- Health problems – The office environment can also expose you to certain dangerous substances. The chemicals used in faxing, printing and other tasks can prove dangerous if spilled. Additionally, the office building may have asbestos if it is old and the workers may get exposed to this dangerous substance during renovations. Asbestos is one of the most dangerous substances that can cause serious illnesses including mesothelioma.
Contact the St. Louis Injured at Work Lawyers
If you have been injured at the workplace, you are entitled to workers compensation benefits regardless of whether you work in a high risk occupation such as construction or a seemingly low risk environment such as an office. You may be entitled to both medical benefits and disability benefits for the time period you have to take off work for recovery. If you face any difficulty in getting the benefits you deserve, contact the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann at (314) 361-4300 or fill out our online contact form.