When you think about workplace hazards, construction workers in hard hats or soot-covered firefighters might be the first images that come to mind. You might not even consider the office you work in as being full of hidden dangers. However, you and other California office workers face unique hazards at your job every day, which you may not be aware of.
According to MSN, the following hazards are common in offices across the country and may threaten your health and safety:
- Slipping and tripping hazards caused by electrical cords, furniture and clutter in walkways or workspaces
- Headaches, eye strain, dry eyes and blurred vision from looking at computer screens for extended periods
- Chronic stress from background noise and lack of privacy
- Asthma and breathing problems from enclosed, energy-efficient office spaces and allergens in the workplace
- Emotional trauma from workplace bullying, harassment and abusive behavior
- Contagious viruses that lurk on the office coffeepot, drinking fountains and office equipment
As you can imagine, any of the above dangers can result in an injury or an illness that might keep you out of the office for days or weeks. Tripping over a bump in the carpet might land you in urgent care with a sprain or fracture. You might have difficulty concentrating if your eyes hurt from doing computer work, or if you have developed anxiety from gossipy co-workers or an aggressive boss. If you contract norovirus, one of the most common office viruses with painful symptoms, you could miss a paycheck for several weeks.
Workers’ compensation benefits exist to cover the lost wages, medical bills and related expenses resulting from a workplace injury or illness. You can be entitled to seek workers’ compensation whether you sustained an injury performing one of America’s most dangerous jobs or during your routine work in the office.