Common ways an Ohio office worker can be hurt on the job

There are many dangerous jobs in Ohio and across the U.S. that make national headlines on a regular basis as a result of gruesome accidents or illness exposure. This does not mean other jobs that carry less risk don't have their own set of dangers, however. Someone can get hurt at a low-risk job as easily as workers can be injured in a profession where they risk their lives every day.

According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 129,000 non-fatal work injuries in illnesses in Ohio in 2012. A great deal of these accidents would have occurred at low-risk jobs, and included such injuries as slips and falls. In fact, falls are one of the most common types of work injuries, say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and are particularly common in office settings.

Numerous factors can contribute to office injuries

One may not think that an office job can come with many risks, other than being burned by a hot pot of coffee-which does happen to be just one of many ways an employee can be injured at the office. Many scenarios that are unique to the office setting can create potential hazards and serious injuries that require medical attention. According to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, these hazards can include the following:

  • Chronic pain or injury to the neck, back, hands or wrists from working with desk equipment, especially when equipment provided is not ergonomically sound.
  • Vision strain from computer glare or poor lighting.
  • Injuries from flying or stationary objects, such as a heavy book falling out of a cabinet, or bumping into a sharp corner.
  • Illnesses due to poor ventilation, asbestos exposure, cleaning chemicals or other contaminants.

When it comes to trips and falls, one of the top causes of all workplace injuries, office workers can get hurt by tripping over electrical cords on a walkway; rugs or mats that are not lying flat on the floor; wet or slippery floors; cluttered pathways; or unstable walking surfaces. An office employee can suffer a fall from a ladder or chair, but the most common falls occur at the ground level.

Getting help from an attorney

Injured employees are entitled to having their medical care expenses covered by workers' compensation, regardless of fault or the profession they work under. However, the process for obtaining workers' compensation can sometimes be confusing or difficult. It can help to involve an attorney who is experienced in workers' compensation cases to ensure you receive adequate treatment and that you do not face retaliation or discrimination by your employer for filing a workers' compensation claim.