Those working in hard labor are often understood to be putting themselves at daily risk for injuries due to workplace injuries. The work of hard labor is understandably difficult on the human body but employees with desk jobs have found to be at just as great a risk for health problems as their counterparts.
The biggest factor in health damage caused by sitting at a desk for long periods of time is the risk of heart disease. For those in a desk job, there is a tendency to sit for extended periods of time in the same position without the individual taking a break. The inactivity of daily life can negatively impact the heart, leading to heart disease and a multitude of other issues. Weight gain is also a concern as is high blood pressure.
Regardless of your level of activity off the job, the eight hours or more a day sitting stationary behind a desk can take a toll on the healthiest person. Human bodies need regular exercise in order to function optimally and working from a chair five days a week is not giving a body what it needs to work efficiently. On the job injuries are also more likely to occur.
Avoiding the Risks
Activity is crucial on a day to day basis. There are a multitude of ways for people to stay active and continue to be productive on the job. Individuals can make simple changes to daily work life including taking phone calls while standing up, using lunch breaks to take lengthy walks outdoors, and in generally walking around the office to communicate rather than relying on technology, which can all be implemented to improve life behind the desk. Management in some companies may also be willing to work with staff that wish to utilize new office equipment that promotes better health, including the replacement of office chairs with exercise balls or the resources that promote exercise during the day.
On the job injuries can happen during light duty and heavy duty tasks. If you have been injured while working on the job, contact our office to discuss your situation. We can help you work through the complex process of worker’s compensation claims. Call us toll free at 866-205-2415 or use our confidential online form.