Common Workplace Ailments in the Office
When many people think of workplace injuries, their thoughts turn to manufacturing accidents. However, a worker in an office environment is just as likely to sustain a serious injury or develop an illness due to unsafe working conditions as someone who performs manual labor. Some of the most common ways that people injure themselves working in an office include the following:
- Back injuries due to prolonged periods of sitting at a desk
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Catching an infectious disease from a co-worker
- Respiratory illnesses due to improper ventilation
- Mental stress
- Trip and fall accidents
- Burns and cuts
- Exposure to dangerous wiring
- Horseplay between employees
Your employer has a duty to keep your working environment safe by providing an ergonomic work station, adequate lighting, ensuring that electrical cords are not left out in the open to trip over, and other precautions. You should also take responsibility for your own health by frequently stretching your neck, arms, shoulders, back, wrists and fingers. If possible, change the task you are working on periodically throughout the day to avoid mental fatigue and eye strain. Should you develop an injury like carpal tunnel syndrome, visit a doctor at the first sign of injury. This will allow you to treat the symptoms while you continue working.
While you like to think that your employer cares about your health, all too often profits are put ahead of people. In this type of environment, productivity is the ultimate goal and it is often at the expense of employees’ well-being. If you have been injured in an office environment and your employer is uncooperative, Stipe, Harper, Laizure, Uselton, Belote, Maxcey & Thetford is here to help. Our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers work with you to ensure that you get the medical treatment you need as well as financial compensation for your injuries while holding your employer liable for its negligence.