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How Computer Work Can Lead to Workplace Injury
Employees who work at computers all day might think they don’t have to worry about workplace injuries, but they would be wrong. Repetitive motions and bad posture can, over time, cause small problems to develop into serious injuries and musculature disorders that make future work difficult and painful. A New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney may be able to answer your questions regarding workplace injuries and tell you if you are eligible to collect workers’ compensation.
For the most part, computer work appears to be a low-effort activity, but maintaining the same posture and performing highly repetitive tasks for hours on end can lead to long-term problems in local areas of the body. The same motion performed uninterrupted for several hours, such as clicking a mouse, can expose the muscles and tendons in the hand to thousands of “activations” without rest. Similarly, sitting in the same position looking at your monitor for hours can create fatigue in the neck muscles and shoulders.
Employers can provide some variation in tasks and responsibilities to allow workers time to recover from the effects. They can accomplish this with adjustable workstations and adjustable furniture so workers can adjust their posture frequently. Employers should also encourage workers to take frequent micro breaks or short rest periods, during which they can stand, stretch, and walk around to allow the muscles time to recover.
If you have further questions about workers’ compensation and whether you might have suffered injury at your workplace, contact New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404 for a free consultation.