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Advice for preventing office injuries

Offices are generally some of the safest working environments for Iowa workers, but these seemingly harmless locations are not without their dangers. In fact, office-related injury claims are exceedingly common and represent a massive expense for our state's workers' compensation program. Let's take a look at some excellent ways workers and their employers can stay safe and do their part to prevent office injuries from happening:

-- Be attentive: Workers spend so much time in the same office building, walking down the same hallways, that it can start to feel like they could navigate their buildings with their eyes closed. In fact, with modern smartphones they might do just that by walking around and looking at their devices. However, workers who pay attention to where they're walking will avoid collisions with co-workers, prevent trips over obstacles and generally sidestep the chances of many serious injuries.

-- Make the effort to use a ladder appropriately: When workers are trying to get something out of their reach, it's very tempting to use something -- anything -- as a ladder. It's not uncommon for an Iowa worker to try to balance him or herself on a swivel chair, on the corner of a desk or use a filing cabinet to climb up and access something out of reach just to avoid the extra step of asking for a ladder. However, this is precisely how some of the most serious -- and sometimes even fatal -- office accidents occur. Always use a ladder whenever something out of reach is required.

-- Learn about office ergonomics: Sitting in the same position for hours, days, weeks, years and even decades at a time can wreak havoc on the body. However, by taking a few moments to learn office ergonomic techniques of working with better posture, many office posture-related problems can be avoided.

Have you or your family member suffered an office or work-related injury? Regardless whose fault the injury is deemed to be, injured workers in Iowa will have the ability to seek financial compensation to pay for their injuries by filing a workers' compensation claim.

Source: Business.com, "5 Tips to Prevent the Most Common Office Accidents," accessed Nov. 11, 2016

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