Workers in every occupation can suffer workplace injuries. Tech workers are not immune to injuries, especially repetitive motion, and slip-and-fall injuries.
Major workplace injuries
Handling objects, such as heavy boxes, is the leading cause of workplace injuries. While tech and office workers are less likely to overexert themselves, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation by suffering any of the top disabling work-related injuries:
- Handling objects.
- Falling on the same level.
- Being struck by objects.
- Falls to lower levels.
- Awkward postures.
- Vehicle accidents.
- Slip or trip without falling.
- Repetitive motions including microtask and hand-intensive work.
- Collison with objects.
- Operating equipment or machines.
Tech and office workers, however, may be more prone to specific injuries on this list.
Slips and falls
Slips, trips and falls are among the top causes of worker compensation claims in this country.
Technology and office workers often work in close quarters and smaller spaces are more difficult to navigate. There are also tripping hazards from exposed cords and wires, spills, loose rugs, and other clutter.
As workers return to a central office, they face weather hazards such as wet sidewalks and office entrances, icy sidewalks and water tracked in by boots. Poor illumination can also cause work-related accidents.
Repetitive motion and poor posture
Repetitive-motion injuries were the eighth highest reason that businesses made claims on their workers’ compensation policies. Poor posture was fifth.
Employees who spend most of their time on computers and mobile devices are prime candidates for suffering conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome. This may increase as more workers telework and participate in virtual meetings.
Workplaces should have ergonomic chairs, desks, and keyboards. Workers need to be aware of their posture and take measures when they begin suffering pain. Preventative measures such as wrist rests can prevent a small injury from worsening.
Workers’ compensation has many procedural requirements. Attorneys can assist injured workers with seeking benefits and assure that they do not inadvertently give up their rights.