Are you injured after a mishap in your office and possibly need the resources of a Charlotte accident attorney? Rarely would anyone expect to be injured while working in an office. When we think of workplace injuries, our first thoughts regarding workplace injury, takes us to harsh or hazardous environments such as a construction site, a fast paced manufacturing plant, or working around dangerous chemicals. However, office environments are responsible for millions of workplace injuries every year. The idea of working indoors, while sitting down and talking on a phone; appeals to many people as being a safe and comfortable environment. However, writing or typing on a computer actually in responsible for some of the most often suffered injuries, including back and neck pain, vision strains, as well as pain in the hands and wrists.
Just like any other workplace, injuries occur from mistakes that could be avoided. When objects are left out, workers can trip over them. If furniture that is not well-maintained, electrical cords are frayed or exposed, and even environmental issues such as poor ventilation, bad lighting, and air quality is poor; workers will find themselves in an injury situation. American workers continue to endure long work weeks, and increasing technology means that much of that time spent inside an office environment. For the average worker, knowing how to avoid office injuries is a growing concern.
Be wary while lifting
Lifting even small loads such as stacks of files, reams of computer paper, computer monitors, and a host of office equipment can lead to injury if one does not know how to lift things properly. Your back, neck and shoulders are all susceptible to lifting injuries. Before you decide to lift anything, regardless of its size, check to make sure that it is not too heavy for you. Whenever you need to lift something, check its weight to see if you will need help. Lift the item by squatting toward the floor and then using your legs and not your back. In order to set something down, use your legs the same way, not your back.
Be careful at work stations
A properly positioned workstation, with a proper chair will have your back straight. When your hands are on the keyboard, your elbows should naturally bend at 90 degrees. Your computer monitor should be at eye level in order to reduce your risk of neck and back pain. When moving through the office, be mindful of bumping into heavy objects such as desks, file cabinets, copy machines, and even other people. Beware of heavy objects such as boxes or coffee mugs when opening work cabinets or taking objects off of shelves. Office workers should be careful not to get their fingers caught in drawers, windows, or paper cutters. It may look funny on TV commercials, but it is no fun when workers get their ties, hair, and jewelry caught in office machines.
Have you been injured at the office?
The Olive Law Firm of Charlotte, NC has handled thousands of personal and work related injury cases. Their attorneys have more than 57 years of experience helping victims all over North Carolina. The Olive Law Firm has the resources to pursue a case and take it to trial, giving their clients the best possible results. Their attorneys are experienced and qualified representatives for many types of injury claims; including car accidents, pedestrian accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, premises liability and more. Contact a personal injury attorney from The Olive Law Firm for a free consultation; they will want to know are you injured because of activity at your office.