Indoor workers aren’t always involved in conversations about safety, but they should be. There are significant injuries that can happen inside, just as there are injuries that could happen if you work outside.
While the types of injuries you could face may vary from those outdoor workers would face, you still need to be cautious. If you’re hurt at work, you should report it and consider seeking workers’ compensation.
What are some of the common indoor injuries workers face on the job?
Some of the most common injuries that office and indoor workers would be at risk for include:
- Carpal tunnel
Carpal tunnel is a common injury faced by those who type or work on a factory line. Repetitive movements can strain the hand and place pressure on the nerves in the hand and wrist. As a result, a worker might feel pain, tingling or numbness in the hand.
- Repetitive stress
Repetitive stress, like mentioned above, can cause carpal tunnel. It can also lead to any number of other serious injuries, like rotator cuff injuries, knee injuries or others. If you do similar movements throughout the day, you’re at a higher risk of a repetitive-stress injury.
Working inside and meeting deadlines can cause frustration and anxiety. Though this is a mental health condition, anxiety is often compensable through workers’ compensation.
- Trip-and-fall/slip-and-fall accidents
Whether you’re walking through the office or are in a hallway, you could slip, trip and fall. This kind of accident may result in broken bones, head injuries and others, so watch out for debris or slick areas.
- Crushing injuries
Finally, there could be a risk of crushing injuries in an office or indoor space. Slamming fingers in doors or desks, getting crushed by factory machinery or other circumstances could lead to crushing wounds.
If you’re hurt on the job, don’t ignore the symptoms: Get help
These are a few of the indoor injuries workers could face. If you’re hurt at work, remember that you do have the opportunity to make a workers’ compensation claim and to seek fair compensation to cover your medical care and lost wages.