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The Most Common Office Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Don't let your desk hurt you!

Picture this: stacks of files, ringing phones, and that never-ending flow of emails. Offices might not seem like danger zones, but the most common injuries in the office can put you out of commission just as quickly as a more physically demanding workplace.

You’re not alone if you’ve experienced an ache, strain, or even something more serious while at your desk. Let’s unravel why these injuries strike, how to prevent them, and what to do if you find yourself needing help.

In this article, we will explore the potential dangers you may encounter while working in office, provide essential safety guidelines to keep you protected, discuss making an accident at work claim, and conclude with a summary of the key points.

Slips, Trips, and Falls: The Sneaky Culprits

Did you know that slips, trips, and falls are the top causes of office injuries? Think about those trailing computer wires, those overflowing file drawers, and that coffee you spilled on your rush in this morning. They’re all potential hazards!

These seemingly minor mishaps can lead to nasty bruises, sprains, and even fractures. It’s enough to make you double-check the floor before each step, right?

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Muscle Strains and Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI): The Silent Enemy

Hunched over your keyboard for hours on end? Welcome to the world of muscle strains and repetitive strain injuries. That tingling in your wrists? Those stiff shoulders and neck? They’re all warning signs from your body telling you it’s not happy.

The worst part? These injuries build up over time. You might dismiss an ache now, but it could become a major problem later on. That RSI in your wrists can become debilitating carpal tunnel syndrome if you don’t take steps to address it!

Eye Strain: When Your Screen Time Strikes Back

Staring at a computer all day takes a toll on your eyes. We’re talking headaches, blurred vision, dryness, and overall discomfort. These problems might seem like a nuisance at first, but prolonged eye strain can have lasting effects on your eyesight. Yikes!

Back Pain: The Chair is Not Always Your Friend

Sitting might seem harmless, but incorrect posture and unsupportive chairs can wreak havoc on your back. Lower back pain is a surprisingly common office ailment, and it can become chronic if you don’t address it. That dull ache after a long day at your desk isn’t normal, and you don’t want to find yourself with a herniated disc later down the line.

Stress: The Unexpected Workplace Injury

Stress might not be a physical injury, but it has real, damaging consequences in the workplace. Stressed individuals are more prone to accidents and illnesses, and that constant state of tension can cause headaches, fatigue, and serious long-term health problems.

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So, What Can You Do? Prevention is Key!

The good news: the most common injuries in the office are often preventable! Here’s how to stay safe and comfortable in your workplace:

  • Ergonomics Matter: Set up your workspace to work with your body, not against it. That means proper chair adjustment, good posture, and an ergonomically-designed keyboard and mouse if needed.
  • Take Breaks, Please!: Get up, stretch, and move frequently throughout the day.
  • 20/20/20 Rule for Eyes: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds to give your eyes a screen break.
  • Keep it Tidy: Cluttered walkways and messy desks are accidents waiting to happen.
  • Listen to Your Body: Pain is a signal, not something to ignore!

Making a Workplace Injury Claim with National Claims

At National Claims, we understand that accidents can happen in the workplace, even with the best safety measures in place. If you’re suffering from a workplace injury, our team can help you navigate the claims process to secure the compensation you need to get your life back on track.

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National Claims wants everyone to have access to the justice they deserve. That’s why we operate on a “No Win, No Fee” basis. You won’t have to worry about upfront legal costs. If we don’t win your case, you don’t pay. It’s a way of ensuring you can pursue a claim without a heavy financial burden hanging over your head.

*Customers pay up to 25% (incl. VAT) of the amount recovered towards solicitor costs and if you cancel outside your cooling off period, you may be charged a fee.

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We know that a workplace injury can disrupt your life in many ways, causing not only physical but potentially emotional and financial strain. Our team will provide supportive guidance throughout the claims process. We’re committed to answering your questions, easing your concerns, and offering the help you need at this difficult time.

Office injuries might not be the first thing on your mind, but ignoring them puts you at risk for lasting discomfort and even disability. By taking prevention seriously and knowing your rights, you can keep yourself safe and pain-free in the workplace and beyond.

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