You do not have to worry about hazards or injuries in your office, right? Know that just because you work at a desk does not mean you have little chance of having to file a worker’s compensation claim.

The Society for Human Resource Management explains several hazards commonly found in modern office workplaces. Know when you may need to let your employer know about an ache or strain you likely sustained while on the clock.

Musculoskeletal disorders

Depending on how you have your desk, chair and computer set up, you could suffer a musculoskeletal disorder. If you have noticed weakness, numbness, fatigue or pain in your wrists, neck, shoulder, back or other parts of your body, you could have an ergonomic injury. A lack of adjustable office equipment such as desks, chairs and keyboards could strain your joints and muscles.

Falling, tripping and slipping hazards

Unmarked wet floors, unsecured cords, poorly balanced work surfaces and stairs are some of the most common slipping, tripping and falling hazards in work offices. Your employer should have proper signage, clean-up protocols and cord-securing devices to keep you and your co-workers safe. Also, boxes, office supplies and clutter have no place in walkways or highly trafficked areas in the office.


Touching back on ergonomics, looking at a computer screen for hours at a time could strain your eyes. To help with eye irritation and dryness, ensure that you have the proper amount of light in your workspace. Take a break for at least 10 minutes for every hour you spend staring at a screen, and take steps to reduce any glare on your screen.

Understand how you may risk your physical health in your office. Your employer has an obligation to take proper care of you. Otherwise, you have the right to file a worker’s compensation claim.