Workplace Injuries: Not Just for Those with Dangerous Jobs

Workplace Injuries: Not Just for Those with Dangerous Jobs

When you say workplace accidents, you have specific pictures in your mind, like construction workers getting injured because of machine accidents, electricians getting electrocuted by exposed wires, and police officers getting shot on the streets while on duty.

In reality, workplace accidents are not just for those who have dangerous jobs, because even the most unsuspecting workplaces can cause injuries and medical complications. Below are some of the most common risks on safer work areas such as office buildings.

  • Defective Appliances and Equipment – Common appliances in the office, such as coffeemakers and microwaves, may be defective and hurt unsuspecting employees. The same can be said to office equipment, such as desktops, laptops, printers, and desk lamps that may present their own problems, especially when overused.
  • Ergonomics Problems – Not all workplace injuries are sustained in a flashy way, as they can also be sustained in subtle ways, such as poorly designed and uncomfortable work stations, like a poorly placed monitor, keyboard, and mouse can present neck, back, and wrist problems.
  • Explosions and Fires – These can happen anywhere that has electricity, fire sources, and pressure. The most common culprits include overloaded wiring systems, defective office appliances and equipment, and combustible materials such as papers and folders.
  • Lifting Accidents – Typically, there are no heavy objects in offices, but piles of documents can be an equal threat on the right conditions, like when the employee about to lift them is not physically gifted, or has lifted them abruptly or with a wrong body position.
  • Slipping and Tripping – Employees are busy, so they are most likely unaware of simple dangers such as air conditioner leaks, spilled drinks, opened cabinets and other obstructions, loose wires, and worn carpets and rugs. The impact of the landing after slipping or tripping may be enough to cause injuries, particularly broken bones.

What we can learn from here is that all employers should keep their workplaces safe, and that includes employers on relatively safer industries. Also, according to the website of Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, those who have suffered from injuries and illnesses while on the job may be subject to workers’ compensation, a state-mandated employee insurance.

Employees should also be careful on themselves and not just rely on the safety measures of their employers and their legal options such as workers’ compensation.