• Mar
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Preventing Repetitive Stress Injuries For Office Workers

    Workers’ Compensation

    When you think of work-related injury and employees filing for workers’ compensation, you probably imagine construction site injuries, or injuries suffered by dock workers, or even an employee being hurt in a car accident while running a work errand. The truth is that workers’ compensation covers injuries or illnesses incurred while working any type of job, and that includes office workers. Repetitive stress injuries are frequently behind workers’ compensation claims for office employees: typical examples include thoracic outlet syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome, though there are many other forms that it can take.

    Repetitive stress injuries can be a result of repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, being subjected to awkward positions for a sustained period of time, and more. Some cases have been related to exposure to extreme temperatures or sounds, but most involve the arms, hands, neck or shoulder being affected by working in conjunction with new technology such as computers and scanners.

    In many instances, when an employee is diagnosed with a repetitive stress injury, the diagnosis ends up pointing to a specific source of the injury, and in most cases the situation could have been prevented if appropriate protective measures had been taken prior to the injury having been sustained. Employers who want to avoid workers’ compensation claims should give serious consideration to having their workplace ergonomics reviewed in order to avoid repetitive use injuries: often measures as simple as installing keyboard shelves under a desktop and elevating a computer monitor go a long way towards ensuring that employees aren’t being forced into poor postures and positions that invite stress and strain. Similarly, creating an environment in which employees are encouraged to get up and move intermittently can go a long way towards alleviating pressure on the body.

    Though the need for treatment of a repetitive stress injury may not be as obvious as is true for an acute injury suffered in an accident, that does not change the need for workers’ compensation, or the possibility that an employee may need extensive physical therapy, rehabilitation, or even time away from the job.  Employers who are hoping to minimize injuries and maximize productivity can do so by making sure that office workers’ environments offer the right tools and practices to promote good health.

    If you have been injured on the job and need information on filing a workers’ compensation claim, we can help. Contact our office today to set up a convenient time to meet.


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