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What are ergonomic workplace injuries?

| Oct 16, 2020 | Workers' Compensation |

Ergonomic injuries are injuries that are caused by using incorrect ergonomics while working. Ergonomically correct positioning helps reduce strain and the likelihood of injury. However, if a workplace is not ergonomic in some ways, then workers could be at a higher risk of injury.

Take, for example, the typical office worker. Most people sit at a desk for several hours. They should have a lifted computer screen, a keyboard that is low enough that they can type with their arms bent at 90 degrees and in chairs that support their spinal column.

Unfortunately, there are too many people working without the correct ergonomics. As a result, there is a higher risk of neck and back injuries from poor posture and a lack of support. There is also a higher chance of developing repetitive-strain injuries, such as tendonitis or carpal tunnel. Headaches and eye strain are also common for people who work in offices and perform computer work.

Better ergonomics do make a difference. Lifting the computer monitor up so that it’s at eye-level, adding a lumbar support to the office chairs or purchasing ergonomically designed keyboards are all beneficial options. By making just a few adjustments, it’s possible to reduce the risk of ergonomic injuries.

Good ergonomics can help reduce the number of workplace injuries taking place in an office environment, as well as in other fields. If you are struggling with your workspace, you may want to talk to your employer about ergonomic changes that could make a difference. If you suffer an injury, then workers’ compensation may be your next step, so you can seek fair compensation.