Millions of Americans spend 40+ hours a week at their offices, sitting at a desk. This may not seem like a work environment that would be likely to cause an on the job injury, but the long-term effects of sitting at a desk and staring at a computer monitor for extended periods of time are very real and can be dangerous. The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) strives to educate both employers and employees about the causes of ergonomic injuries and other musculoskeletal injuries that threaten office workers.
Ergonomics is an applied science that can assist employers in reducing the musculoskeletal injuries that are common in desk workers. These are injuries suffered to the person’s tendons, muscles, nerves, ligaments, joints, cartilage and spinal disks.
OSHA recommends that employers provide keyboards, computer mice, chairs and workstations that are adjustable and ergonomically safe to work on for extended periods. The equipment should enhance workers’ ability to function, overcome human limitations and foster user acceptance. Employers should also train workers on how to properly use this equipment.
Employees can also take preventative measures to avoid ergonomic injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following to employees at desks:
If you suffered from an injury or adverse health condition as a result of your workplace conditions, you may be eligible for workmans comp. Office workers are eligible for workmans comp, just like employees in any other industry; our workers compensation lawyers help all workers obtain the benefits they need. Contact us today for a free consultation. Our family is here to work for your benefit; let us help you.
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