It is well-known that some occupations are more dangerous than others. For instance, injuries are not uncommon on construction sites or in logging.
However, it is also very possible to sustain injury in the office. In fact, according to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, you are more likely to be injured as an office worker in a fall as compared to other work environments.
What causes office falls?
There are many hazards in the average office which may cause falls. For instance, extension cords strung across busy hallways may cause somebody to trip. File cabinets with their doors left open also cause many injuries, some of them catastrophic. Sometimes, office workers will try to stand on a chair to reach objects located up high rather than go and locate a proper step ladder.
Additionally, wet floors that are not clearly marked may also cause somebody to slip and fall, particularly if they are not paying attention. This hazard is greatly exacerbated by inadequate lighting.
How can I stay safe?
It is important for both the employee and the employer to take responsibility for employee safety while in the office. If you, as an employee, notice extension cords strung across walkways or pulled up carpet in corners, make sure to report these tripping hazards to the employer. Likewise, employers should make sure that there are plenty of step ladders ready for use to keep employees safe.
Practicing good lifting techniques will also help prevent injury. Even if you are lifting something that is relatively light, make sure to lift with your legs and not with your back.