While you may not think about an office being a work environment where injuries are likely to occur, the truth is that over time, it’s not uncommon for office workers to develop serious and debilitating medical conditions and injuries. Here are 5 ways to prevent office injuries and what to do if you or a loved one have a medical condition or injury caused by working in an office.
1. View the Computer Screen Properly
Your eyes should naturally fall to the middle of the computer screen when you look straight ahead. If you have to look down or up to see what you’re doing, you may need to adjust the height of your monitor or display.
2. Sit With Good Posture
When you sit, don’t hunch your shoulders, perch on the edge of your chair, or tuck your feet under you while you’re working. Both feet should be flat on the floor, and your shoulders should be squared with your chin parallel to your shoulders. Slumping regularly at work can lead to upper back and neck strain, headaches, and other chronic conditions.
3. Ensure Your Keyboard is Positioned Properly
Your hands should not be angled to type and your wrists should be supported. You should not have to reach for the keyboard or the mouse. If you do, adjust your desk or where your display is positioned on your desk so you can easily reach your keyboard and your mouse.
4. Take Frequent Breaks
Make sure to take 5-10 minutes out of every hour of work to get out of your chair, walk around, and grab a drink. You can also take smaller breaks every 15-20 minutes or so to rest your hands and your eyes, so you don’t get fatigued too quickly.
5. Discuss With Your Employer Any Issues You Have
If you are experiencing chronic pain while on the job, or you identify issues that would help you to work more easily, don’t hesitate to contact your employer. A simple fix such as a wrist pad or an ergonomic office chair is much less expensive than paying for workers’ compensation if an employee is injured due to inadequate working conditions.
Contact the Wanko Law Firm, LLC Today
If you or a loved one have been injured in an office environment, don’t automatically assume that you have no right to workers’ compensation. In fact, quite the opposite is true. If you require medication, treatment, surgery, chiropractic care, or physical therapy to manage conditions caused by an inadequate working environment, you could be eligible for benefits. Contact us today at (985) 893-6530.