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Navigating Work From Home Accidents in New Jersey under Workers' Compensation

  • December 29, 2023
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As the work landscape continues to evolve, more and more employees in New Jersey are finding themselves working from the comfort of their homes. While this flexible work arrangement has many benefits, it also introduces new challenges, including the potential for work-from-home accidents. In this blog, we will explore the world of work-from-home accidents and how New Jersey's workers' compensation system can help employees who find themselves injured while working remotely.

The common types of work-from-home accidents.

Below are ten types of injuries for which there is potentially increased risk for remote employees:

  1. Ergonomic Issues: Prolonged sitting in an improper posture can lead to musculoskeletal problems, such as back, neck, and wrist pain.
  2. Trips and Falls: Cables, clutter, and poor lighting can lead to trips and falls in a home office setup.
  3. Electrical Hazards: Overloaded power strips, faulty wiring, or improperly used electronics can result in electrical shocks or fires.
  4. Eye Strain: Prolonged screen time and improper monitor positioning can lead to eye strain and discomfort.
  5. Burns and Scalds: Spilled hot beverages or improperly used kitchen appliances can cause burns and scalds.
  6. Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI): Repetitive tasks like typing and using a mouse can lead to RSIs like carpal tunnel syndrome.
  7. Mental Health Issues: Isolation, stress, and burnout are common concerns for remote workers, which can have a significant impact on mental health.
  8. Distractions: Home environments can be filled with distractions, leading to accidents when focus is lost on work-related tasks.
  9. Inadequate Lighting: Poorly lit workspaces can strain your eyes and increase the risk of accidents.
  10. Inadequate Fire Safety: Lack of smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or clear escape paths can put you at risk in the event of a fire.

Maintaining a safe home workspace.

It is important to take certain steps to create a safe and efficient workspace at home, whether you are there once a week or full-time.

  • Set up an ergonomic workspace with an adjustable chair, desk, and monitor.
  • Ensure good lighting and organize cables to prevent tripping hazards.
  • Use surge protectors and follow electrical safety guidelines.
  • Take regular breaks to reduce eye strain.
  • Be mindful of kitchen safety and hot beverages.
  • Practice good posture and take breaks to prevent RSIs.
  • Prioritize mental health and establish a work-life balance.
  • Create a distraction-free workspace.
  • Invest in proper lighting for your home office.
  • Implement fire safety measures and have an escape plan.
  • Secure your home against burglaries.

By following these basic steps one can establish an environment that is both efficient and comfortable, and provides some protection against unforeseen hazards. If an injury does occur while working from home, contact the attorneys at ANTONUCCI LAW for a free consultation and learn about your rights and workers’ compensation benefits.

 

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