Accidents in the office can range from slight injuries to very serious, debilitating ones. Non-fatal injuries are usually defined as any work-related injury that causes the employee to miss work beyond the date of injury in order to recuperate. Fatal injuries can also occur. Below are some statistics related to office accidents and on-the-job injuries.
Office jobs can vary widely, and are often spread across many different industries. The statistics below are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and are compiled from all industries combined.
In 2012, there were 64,280 reported cases of non-fatal office injuries in 2012. This accounts for 7.1% of total non-fatal injuries and illnesses reported in 2012 for all industries.
Causes of non-fatal injuries in 2012 for all industries included:
- Overexertion/Bodily Reaction 63%
- Falls, slips or trips 23%
- Contact with objects or equipment 5%
- Violence 5%
- Transportation-related injuries 4%
- Other- 1%
Non-Fatal Injuries by Body Part
Musculoskeletal Disorder or MSD (I.e. ergonomic injury) is where body part is injured, usually due to sprain or strain. MSD accounts for 34% of all workplace injuries. In 2012, there were 388,060 reported cases of MSD. MSD injuries take an average of 12 days recuperation time compared with 9% for all other types of injuries.
Percentages of injuries by body part are:
- Back 36%
- Shoulder 13%
- Knee 12%
- Ankle 9%
- Multiple 8%
- Arm 4%
- Wrist 3%
- Neck 2%
- Hand 2%
- Foot 2%
- All other- 9%
Fatal Injuries for Administrative and Office Support Positions in 2012
Total number of incidents for Administrative and Office Support positions was 281 fatalities in 2012.
Major causes of fatalities for office-related jobs in 2012 were:
- Transportation (97 incidents)
- Contact with objects or equipment (70 incidents)
- Falls/slips/trips (58 incidents)
- Violence from persons or animals (42 incidents)
- Exposure to harmful substances (37 incidents)
To summarize, musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) account for the most reported cases in an office or administrative setting. These are typically caused by sprain or strain type incidents. They can also be caused by repetitive stress, as is the case in most carpal tunnel injuries.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with an Office Accident Claim?
Office accidents can be serious and may cause the employee to miss extended periods of work. You may wish to hire a personal injury lawyera if you need to file a claim for a work-related injury. Your attorney can help determine what your rights and whether you are entitled to compensation. Also, a qualified lawyer in your area can help clarify what the laws are in your jurisdiction, and how they might affect your claim.