When you head to work every day in Alabama, you probably have some idea of the types of workplace risks and dangers you may face when you clock in. This is particularly true if you work in an industry known to be high-risk, such as commercial fishing or logging, but the workplace dangers faced by American office workers are not always as well-known.
Topping the list, per the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Human Resources Management, are slips and falls. This common workplace accident might result from falling off a ladder, tripping over wires or falling over a box on a floor in a dimly lit room, among other examples. The types of injuries they lead to vary considerably, but they can prove quite serious in nature. While bumps, bruises and abrasions are always possible, broken limbs or hips, too, may result, and the chance of suffering a slip and fall is between two and two-and-a-half times higher for office workers than those in non-office environments.
Office workers also face the risk of being exposed to potentially harmful and damaging pollutants or chemicals in the workplace, which may lead to lung problems or the development of certain diseases or elements somewhere down the line. In some cases, the symptoms associated with workplace air quality issues or poor ventilation do not develop until months, or even years, after the initial exposure.
Office employees also face the risk of straining or overexerting their muscles or backs on the job. If you do a lot of heavy lifting of boxes and so on, you may develop back issues over time. Workers, too, often suffer cuts, abrasions and related injuries after getting stuck in or between objects, whether they be doors, windows, drawers or what have you.
This information about office injuries is intended to educate you, but it is not meant to be taken as legal advice.