About 10 percent of office injuries are caused by slips and falls. Most happen because of wet surfaces and unanchored rugs or mats. Others were caused by falling off a chair when a person was rocking or sitting down without realizing the chair wasn't in the right place.
Trips happen when you hit an obstruction and lose your balance. Causes include clutter, obstructed views, wrinkled carpet, uncovered cables, drawers not being closed, and uneven surfaces such as steps and thresholds.
Fitness. If the only part of your body you move on the job is your mouse finger, you need to increase your fitness level with exercise. When your body is stronger, you are less likely to fall or suffer strains and sprains.
Lift safely. If you want to move a piece of equipment or anything heavy, don't take a chance on injuring yourself. Ask a co-worker to help you.
Electrical. Most office equipment is manufactured with grounded plugs as a precaution (three prong plugs). Never remove the third prong. Overloading electrical circuits and using extension cords can result in a fire.
Bacteria. A study by the University of Arizona found that a desk has far more bacteria than a toilet seat, including plenty of cold and flu germs. Keep your hands, desk and keyboard clean with a disinfectant. Review the work specifications with your Commercial Building Cleaning Company to ensure these surfaces are being professionally cleaned regularly.
Nodding. If you are often sleepy at work, remember that you need seven or eight hours of sleep a day. If you often have tension or migraine headaches, see a doctor for effective treatment.
Hurting hands. Hands and wrists can become sore with intensive computer use, but many conditions other than carpal tunnel syndrome can cause pain. Check with your doctor to get relief from tendonitis, which can be treated with splinting and anti-inflammatories, such as Tylenol and ibuprofen.
Back, neck and shoulder muscles. Check your computer and chair height so they are appropriate for your work. Chair posture is important, so sit up straight. Take breaks and walk about.
Eye strain. Microsoft suggests increasing your font size so type is easier to read. Look away from your computer frequently to allow your eyes to adjust to different distances. Be sure to blink occasionally to keep your eyes moist. Taking a fish oil capsule every day helps many people avoid dry eyes.