An office environment presents a unique set of potential injuries, which are compounded when working in a medical office where there may be additional risks due in part to the type of tools and equipment in use. For example, a receptionist working in a seated position and usually talking on a phone, writing or typing on a computer has a certain set of exposures, different from say a nurse or nursing assistant. They operate machinery and are often utilizing sharp instruments and are more prone to developing cuts, which could be severe in some instances.
Doctors must therefore carry medical office workers compensation to cover a variety of workers within their offices for some of the top injuries (back and neck pains, vision strains, pain in the hands and wrists) as well as other injuries occurring from mistakes or exposures that could happen anywhere; objects left out to trip over, furniture that is not well-maintained, faulty electrical cords and even poor ventilation, lighting and air quality.
Due to increasingly long work schedules with much of that time spent inside an office environment, knowing how to avoid these top office injuries is now a necessity.
Falls among the most common accidents
Falling down is not only the most common office accident; it is also responsible for causing the most disabling injuries according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In general, office workers are 2 to 2.5 times more likely to suffer a disabling injury from a fall than non-office workers. The most common causes of office falls, according to the CDC, include:
• Tripping over an open desk or file drawer, electrical cords or wires, loose carpeting, or objects in halls and walkways
• Bending or reaching for something while seated in an unstable chair
• Falling while using a chair in place of a ladder
• Slipping on wet floors, and
• Injuries resulting from inadequate lighting
Reduce the risk of falls in the office
By following these tips workers can reduce the likelihood of accidents due to falls:
1. Look before walking and make sure the walkway is clear
2. Do not leave drawers open; close them immediately
3. Stand up instead of stretching to reach something while seated
4. Report loose carpeting, electrical cords, etc. to someone who can have them fixed
5. Clean up spills from the floor, pick up objects that are out of place, and
6. Use a stepladder, not a chair, when reach objects that are overhead
Using these tips regularly will reduce accidents and injuries and keep medical office workers compensation costs low.