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Common injuries in offices and how to avoid them

On Behalf of | Mar 3, 2024 | Workplace Injuries

Some California office workers might assume that because they do not work on a construction site, in a factory or in a similar position where there is a higher rate of injury, they do not have to worry about getting hurt on the job. However, office workers are also at risk of on-the-job injuries.


Many people may think first of injuries that happen because of improper workplace ergonomics, such as repetitive stress injuries. These are certainly among the most common workplace injuries for employees in an office setting. Poor ergonomics can also lead to eye strain and back problems. Changing position frequently and looking away from the computer screen regularly along with the right equipment can help prevent these types of injuries.


Office workers are actually more likely to be disabled in a fall than workers in other environments. These falls might happen for a variety of reasons, including tripping over obstacles such as boxes or cords. Inadequate lighting, spills that are not cleaned up and using objects other than a ladder to reach items in high places can also lead to falls.

Other injuries

Improper lifting form can also result in injuries. For example, workers may bend over to pick up a box of files instead of squatting. Objects falling and hitting employees is another common source of injury. Workers may get their fingers caught in doors or windows. Like factory workers, office workers should be careful around any machinery and make sure that they do not get hair, jewelry or clothing caught in it.

Most workplaces include safety and health training. Office workers should not assume that because most of their work takes place at a desk, this training is not relevant. Hazards can exist in all types of workplaces, and observing safety protocols can help reduce those hazards.