February 8, 2017
How to Save Your Neck: Prevent “on-the-job” Injury
Life today revolves around technology. Working at a desk and/or computer is a requirement for many well-paying jobs or careers. Much of the working population find themselves sitting at a desk, in a stationary position, moving only our eyes, arms, fingers (and sometimes our toes) for hours on end. We often ignore the medical challenges this static movement causes to our bodies, particularly the neck.
The simple strain from sitting in a sedentary position for hours on end is damaging to the spine. We need to move our bodies each day to prevent deterioration due to inactivity. Movement of the eyes, arms, and hands is not the same as getting regular exercise or being active.
To properly care for employees’ well being, employers must provide a working environment that is “ergonomically friendly,” with chairs and desks designed to support the back. There are also “wrist rests” that can be provided for people who spend a lot of time typing or using a mouse.
What Should Employees Do?
Laws exist to guide employers with employee safety and prevent work-related injuries. Talking with your company’s risk management or human resource department will help protect you from an uncomfortable working environment. Health Canada oversees occupational health and safety (OHS) and is the governing authority on the topic.
If you need counsel regarding a neck injury, contact a personal injury lawyer in Durham Region at Michelle Linka Law Professional Corporation. We can provide a free consultation regarding your legal rights and options of recovery: (905) 448-7810 or (416) 477-7288.