Posted On: August 6, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Protecting Workers From Office Injuries

While we commonly associate work injuries with jobs that require workers to engage in challenging physical labor or in dangerous environments, working in an office can also be a place rife with hazards that can lead to work injuries, including slip and fall injuries and electrical injuries.

If you were injured on the job, you need to contact your employer right away so that you can receive your Illinois workers’ compensation benefits as soon as possible. By speaking with an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney, you can figure out the steps you need to take to make sure that you receive all of the work benefits owed to you.

Most Illinois employers are required to provide workers with workers’ compensation—it doesn’t matter who was at fault.

In the meantime, however, there are preventive measures that can be taken to minimize the chances of slip and fall or trip and fall accidents in the workplace which, according to OSHA, cause 15% of work-related fatalities:

• Make sure that any computer cables are shielded or placed in a location where no one can slip or trip over them.

• If necessary, lift cables, power strips, modems, and other devices off the ground.

• Not only can cable clutter on the ground prove to be a slip and trip hazard, but also it can cause electrical injuries if liquid spills are involved along with human contact.

• Make sure there are fire extinguishers and other safety measures in place. With so many electronic products running at the same time, you never know when a computer may overheat or a fire may break out.

• Consider installing traction floor mats to minimize slip and fall accidents.

• Wrap sharp edges and corners in duct tape or corrugated cardboard to prevent accidental cuts from happening.

In addition to fall injuries, examples of other common office injuries include:
• Injuries from lifting heavy loads or incorrectly lifting a heavy item.
• Injuries caused by bumping into objects or getting hit by falling objects.
• Injuries related to poor ergonomics.

Simple Solutions for Office Hazards, EHSToday.com, March 3, 2008


What are the Top Injuries in a Typical Office (and How Can You Avoid Them)?, SixWise.com


Related Web Resources:
Ergonomics Makes Your Office Work for You, AAPM & R

OSHA


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