Workplace injuries are very common. As per U.S Department of Labor, in 2015, there were around 2.9 million cases of workplace related injuries in the private industry sector. Even if you work indoors in front of a computer, you can still get injured. Some of the common work related injuries are:
1. Falls: As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falling down is by far the most common accident which you will see in any workplace. Many employees trip over wires or some loose objects and fall down as a result. Wet floors is also another major reason. In order to avoid such falls, it will be best to first look straight and ensure that your pathway is clear. Do not try to bend and pick up anything while you are seated. Also report if you see some loose objects lying around in the ground. Mark Terry with Workers Comp SD, who also works closely with several noteworthy athletes says, “A great way to avoid falling and injuries is to not loosen up your muscles and always stay self aware of your muscle movements. Don’t ease up and get clumsy. Its easy to just hyperextend your knee at rest after a hard days work.”
2. Lifting: Many people also get injured in the workplace while lifting things. If done incorrectly, even lifting small things like a computer screen or some heavy files can lead to serious injuries. In order to avoid injuries while lifting, first you have to make sure that you are not lifting items which are too heavy for you. Also, during lifting, make sure that your back is straight and try to put all the pressure on your legs. Never try to lift anything with two or three fingers, use your entire hand.
3. Eye Injuries: Eye injuries are extremely common. Nowadays, most of the work is done with the help of computers. Staring at the computer screen for long hours will dry out your eyes. If your computer is near the window, then your eyes will have to work hard in order to adjust to the difference between your monitors’s light and the outdoor lights. Double vision and myopia is very common among employees using computer for a long time. In order to avoid that, you can try out anti-glare glasses. You also have to make sure that the lighting in your room is bright enough. Also, ensure that your desk is conveniently located. It is necessary to take frequent 5 or 10 minutes breaks to give rest to your eyes. Blue light is also cited as potential cause for macular degeneration.
4. Standing for long hours: Many people like cashiers or those working in the restaurants or malls have to stand for long hours regularly. Standing for prolonged hours can result in knee troubles. You may also experience pain in your back or neck.