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Office Employees at Risk of Work-Related Injuries

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on October 3, 2011

Many people assume that office employees are at very little risk of workplace injuries because their jobs are not as dangerous as mining, agriculture, construction, or manufacturing jobs. However, office workers have many opportunities to injure themselves on the job. The authors of Costs of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses estimate that the average American worker spends up to 50 percent of his waking hours at work.

Repetitive Stress Injury

Typing, data entry, and other repetitive tasks put a lot of strain on the muscles of the hands and arms. Some workers develop carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition characterized by pressure on the median nerve. This condition causes numbness and tingling in the palm and thumb, pain in the wrists, pain extending to the elbow, muscle wasting, hand weakness, problems with coordination and movement, and weak grip.

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