How to Prevent Accidental Injuries in an Office Environment
According to media stereotypes and conventional wisdom, traumatic injuries on the job, such as bone fractures, sprains, and concussions, only happen at high-risk, manual labor work environments, including construction sites, factories, and warehouses. By this logic, you would assume that workers’ compensation claims by office employees would be for problems that develop slowly, such as repetitive strain injuries from typing, headaches or vision problems from spending long hours focusing on a computer screen, or mental health symptoms related to stress. In reality, traumatic injuries from accidents at offices are more common than one might imagine. If you get injured in a fall or other type of accident at your office job, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim regardless of who, if anyone, was at fault for the accident. A South Florida workers’ compensation lawyer can help you resolve any disputes related to your workers’ compensation claim.
The Problem: Trip and Fall Accidents
Trip and fall accidents are a main cause of compensable injuries in office workplaces, and many of these accidents are preventable. Trip and fall injuries can range from minor bruises and scrapes to severe injuries that require surgery or result in chronic pain. They can even aggravate old injuries, in which case injured workers might end up in a dispute with their employers about the extent to which the workplace accident is the cause of the present injury.
How to Prevent Trip and Fall Accidents
These are some things that employers and employees can do to prevent trip and fall accidents in office buildings:
- Install carpeting on floors and hallways so that employees do not risk walking on slippery surfaces in the building.
- Ensure that carpeting is installed properly, without bumps.
- Keep work areas well lit so that workers can see where they are going.
- Secure wires and cables under desks and along walls, where workers cannot trip over them.
Other Traumatic Injuries at Work
In industrial workplaces, falls from ladders are a common cause of injuries, and workers must be trained in ladder safety. In offices, where ladders tend not to be present, workers often climb on chairs and tables to reach high-up items. This is more dangerous, because office furniture was not designed for climbing, and office workers’ clothing and footwear is not designed to prevent falls or offer protection in the event of a fall. If you must reach something on a high-up shelf, it is best to use a ladder, even if it means bringing one in from off-site.
Another source of workplace injuries is when heavy items fall from shelves and cause injury. You can prevent these injuries by not keeping heavy items up high in places where they can fall.
Contact Us Today for Help
If you got injured at your office job and your employer denies that the injury was work-related, you need a Sunrise workers’ compensation lawyer. Contact the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld for help with your case.