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What you need to know about common ergonomic office injuries

You do not have to be out on a forklift or in a warehouse to deal with a serious injury that makes it difficult to work. Office jobs have their own set of dangers and may often be overlooked because they do not seem as dangerous. To stay safe in the office and ensure that you are not injured, watch for and prevent common office injuries.

What causes office injuries

Many office workers spend a good portion of the day behind a desk, looking at a computer screen, not realizing what kind of negative affects these actions can have on the body. Office injuries occur from shallow breathing, unnatural sitting positions, inadequate recovery time, repetitive motion and using pressure or force. Bad ergonomic work stations can also lead to musculoskeletal injuries such as carpal tunnel or back strain.

Ways to stop ergonomic injuries before they start

Many products are available in almost all industries that allow workers to sit and do their jobs in an ergonomic fashion. Keyboards, chairs and desks can all be safe if workers attempt to use them correctly. 

Always sit naturally when you are in your chair. Do not tuck your feet under you or lean forward. For a few days, pay close attention to how you sit, and change your posture or chair if you notice pain, strain or tightness in any part of your body.

Always gaze naturally at the computer screen. If you must move your eyes up or down, your display needs to be adjusted. You should not have to crane your neck to look at documents or anything on the screen.

Let your keyboard come to you, move your mouse so it is always within reach and take regular breaks when your body is tightening up in any area. Every 15 minutes, rest for 10 seconds to relax your hands and eyes.

Report injuries to the right people

Report any problems you have with the human resources department. The company may have options to help you be more comfortable, but if you are unable to work because of your injury, you may want to speak to an attorney immediately.

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