White-collar jobs can also come with their own set of hazards and physical demands that can lead to injury. Some reasons why people get hurt at white-collar jobs include:
- Repetitive motions: Repetitive motions such as typing, mouse use, and phone usage can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and other types of repetitive strain injuries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, MSDs account for 33% of all days-away-from-work cases among office workers.
- Prolonged sitting: Sitting for prolonged periods of time can lead to a variety of health problems, including back pain, neck pain, and poor posture. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that people who sit for more than six hours a day have a 40% increased risk of dying from any cause compared to those who sit for three hours or less.
- Poor ergonomics: Poor ergonomic design of workstations can lead to a variety of physical problems, including neck, back, and wrist pain. A study published in the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics found that poor ergonomic design can increase the risk of musculoskeletal disorders by as much as 50%.
- Stress: Stress can lead to a variety of physical and mental health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and depression. According to the American Psychological Association, job stress is the leading cause of stress for American adults and is estimated to cost U.S. businesses over $300 billion per year in lost productivity.
- Visual strain: Prolonged screen time can lead to eye strain, headaches, and other visual problems. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people who spend more than two hours a day using digital devices have a higher risk of developing myopia (nearsightedness).
- Poor lighting: Poor lighting can lead to eye strain, headaches, and other visual problems. It can also increase the risk of trips and falls.
- Noise exposure: Prolonged exposure to high levels of noise can lead to hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and stress. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), exposure to noise levels of 85 decibels or higher can cause hearing damage.
- Lack of physical activity: A sedentary lifestyle can lead to a variety of health problems, including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. A study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health found that people who sit for six or more hours a day have a higher risk of dying from any cause compared to those who sit for three hours or less.
- Poor air quality: Poor indoor air quality can lead to a variety of health problems, including headaches, eye irritation, and respiratory problems. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), poor indoor air quality can be caused by a variety of factors, including mold, pesticides, and tobacco smoke.
- Electrical hazards: Electrical hazards can lead to electric shock, burns, and fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical hazards are a leading cause of fires in the workplace.
These statistics and data show that even white-collar jobs can come with physical demands and hazards that can lead to injury. It’s important for employers to prioritize the health and safety of their employees and to provide a safe and healthy work environment to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses.
If you’ve suffered an injury or accident at your desk job, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Please call the workers’ compensation attorneys at Lavrac Accident Law at 877-244-6727 for a consultation about your options to collect benefits.