Just because you work in a suit and tie or pantsuit in a Pennsylvania office instead of a hardhat and work boots does not mean your workplace is free of hazards. Depending on the environment, you could be safer working at a construction site.

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine explores some of the most common safety hazards and risks in the modern American office. Understand how you can best protect yourself and your coworkers.

Lifting injuries

Even if you lift a box of files or a jug of water for the office cooler, you should be sure to lift with proper form. If you feel an object is too heavy, do not hesitate to ask someone to help you. Lift with your legs, keep your back straight and use your entire hand rather than your fingers.

Falls

You can easily take a painful tumble at work if the floor is wet, a hazardous area is not well-lit or you trip over an unsecured cord. To avoid a serious disabling injury, get into the habit of walking carefully around the office. Let a manager or supervisor know about loose cords on the floor and loose carpeting. Push file drawers closed to avoid tripping someone.

Items in the office

Office machines, file cabinets, desk edges and even your coworkers can strike you and cause an injury. This is another area in which paying close attention to your surroundings keeps you pain- and injury-free. Arrange your workstation so that it is ergonomic, so you do not have to worry as much about a repetitive strain injury.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.