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Surprising injuries that can happen to office workers

On Behalf of | Jan 12, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

While people often associate workplace injuries with industries like construction or manufacturing, the office environment is not immune to its share of surprising mishaps. Although offices may appear much safer than outdoor work sites, surprises lurk in unexpected corners.

Both employees and employers should be aware of potential hazards.

Trips and falls

One might assume that tripping is a hazard reserved for outdoor activities, but office spaces have their own set of tripping dangers. In fact, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine estimates that office workers are up to 2.5 times more likely to suffer an injury that leads to disability than other workers.

Loose cables snaking across the floor, uneven carpeting or misplaced office furniture can quickly turn the daily walk to the printer into a hazardous journey. These silent threats can lead to sprains, fractures or worse.


The quest for comfort in the office can sometimes result in unexpected consequences. Poorly designed office chairs or desks can contribute to musculoskeletal issues over time. Neck and back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and other ergonomic-related injuries can be surprisingly common in office settings.


Printers may seem harmless, but they harbor their own set of surprising dangers. The repetitive motion of reaching for printed documents on high shelves can lead to strains and sprains. Additionally, paper jams can become a frustrating battle, leading to sudden hand injuries as employees attempt to free trapped papers.

Break rooms

Break time can unexpectedly turn into a source of injury. Hot coffee or water spills and slippery floors can result in burns and falls. These seemingly minor incidents serve as a reminder that even the simplest daily activities may pose risks.

Workers’ compensation and office injuries

Employees who work for companies with workers’ compensation insurance can file claims for office injuries. However, it is important for employees to promptly report the injury to their employer and follow the established procedures. Failing to recognize the potential seriousness of their office injuries could result in employees missing out on coverage.

Regardless of the work setting, employees have the right to safe conditions and access to workers’ compensation when injured on the job.