Workers' compensation is an important protection for those who work in any field. Even office jobs can result in workplace injuries that impact your ability to earn wages and live a comfortable life.
It's important to know that office jobs have the potential to be hazardous, even if you think they're likely one of the least dangerous jobs out there. Typical office injuries can span from slip, trip or fall accidents to electrocution to repetitive strain injuries.
The main office hazards that you should watch out for include:
- Ergonomic injuries
- Slip, trip or fall accidents
- Fire safety issues
- Eye strain
- Air quality hazards
Among these, some of the most likely are slip-and-fall accidents and ergonomic injuries.
Why are slip-and-fall accidents common in offices?
Offices may have lots of cables, connections, furniture or carpet that make them prime areas for tripping. They may have slick, waxed floors that are dangerous when wet or other hazards that could lead to falls.
What should you do if you suffer an injury on the job?
Regardless of where you work, it's important to report any injuries you suffer. Once reported, you should go to your doctor or to the hospital to seek immediate treatment. For longer-term injuries that develop over time, make sure you report them as soon as they have an impact on your ability to work. Any pain or weakness has to be reported so that the claim for workers' compensation can be started by your boss.
Workers' compensation is a safety net for all workers, and it should be there to help you if you're hurt at work.