You may think that working in a Colorado office building would keep you safe from a devastating injury. However, the truth is that you may still be at risk of hurting your head, back or neck while talking on the phone or walking to a meeting. Take a closer look at some of the specific hazards that you might experience while at the office.
Falls are a common office accident
Walking on a ripped carpet or wet floor could result in a fall that causes a debilitating injury. You may also be at risk of falling while using a step ladder or while walking through rooms that are poorly lit. If there are cords, tools or other objects on the floor, there is a possibility that you will trip over them.
You could get hurt trying to staple papers together
Most adults know how to use staplers, hole punchers and similar objects in a safe manner. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t cut, stab or otherwise injure yourself while stapling papers together or while cutting a piece of cardboard with a knife. In some cases, your injuries may warrant a trip to the emergency room to minimize blood loss or prevent an infection from spreading.
Improper technique can lead to soreness and pain
Ideally, you’ll sit on a chair that is low enough to the ground that your feet are flat on the floor, and the chair should be able to provide support for your lower back. It’s also a good idea to be as gentle as possible when typing to reduce the amount of strain on your hands, fingers and wrists. It’s important to note that you may still be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits even if you’re injured because of your own actions.
An attorney may be able to help you obtain compensation for an on-the-job injury. This might be done by helping you file a benefit claim or by compelling your employer to process an existing claim in a timely manner.