Common causes of serious back injuries at the office

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Back injuries can be debilitating and are unfortunately common in office settings. If you suffer sch an injury, it can affect your ability to work and your overall well-being.

Understanding the causes of serious back injuries can help you maintain a healthy workspace. Knowing the root cause of an emerging injury can also make all the difference if you decide to pursue a workers’ compensation claim.

Poor ergonomics

Sitting for extended periods in poorly designed chairs or working at desks that are too high or too low can put strain on the back. When the body is not properly aligned, it can lead to muscle fatigue and discomfort, eventually resulting in serious back injuries. Statistics suggest that 38% of people who work in an office space suffer from lower back pain, with an employer’s failure to provide proper ergonomics being a significant contributor.

Improper lifting techniques

Lifting heavy objects incorrectly is a major cause of back injuries in the office. Employees may not receive proper training on how to lift objects safely, leading to strains, sprains or even more severe injuries like herniated discs.

Sedentary lifestyle

Many office jobs require employees to sit at their desks for most of the day, leading to a sedentary lifestyle. Lack of movement and exercise weakens the muscles in the back, making them more susceptible to injuries from even minor strains or sudden movements.


High levels of stress can manifest physically, often in the form of tension in the back and shoulders. Chronic stress can exacerbate existing back issues or contribute to the development of new ones. Employers have an obligation to promote a healthy work-life balance and provide resources for stress management.

Back injuries in the office are often the result of repetitive habits or even negligence on behalf of the employer. By addressing these common causes and promoting a culture of safety and well-being, employers can help reduce the risk of serious back injuries among their employees.

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