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Is Your Office Job Making You Sick? A Warren County Workers Comp Attorney Explains the Risks of Sedentary Employment


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5/17/2012
Manfred Ricciardelli
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Since the explosion of technology and computers in the workplace, productivity has soared while physical activity has declined significantly. Most people who work at desks in offices think their job has a low risk of damage to their health. While jobs that require physical labor are certainly more dangerous, sitting at a computer all day certainly takes a toll on your health as well. Warren county workers’ compensation claims involving office jobs are on the rise.

Here are some scary work statistics:
  • Only about 6% of Americans meet the minimum physical guidelines at work
  • Less than 20% of jobs require physical activity
  • 1 in 3 Americans are obese
  • 75% of people who use computers at work suffer from vision problems
  • People with sedentary jobs are twice as likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than those with active jobs
  • When sitting down, calorie burning slows to 1 calorie per minute
  • Three out of four Americans say work is stressful
  • 1 million workers call out work every day due to stress
  • 42% of workers report that yelling and verbal abuse is common in the workplace

You can prevent workplace health problems by getting up and walking around at least twice a day. Go for a walk around the block and get some fresh air when the weather is nice. Sit at a 135 degree angle while you work. After the day is done, don’t go home and watch TV; get some exercise instead. Keep hand sanitizer at your desk to kill germs. Pay attention to unhealthy snacking and excessive caffeine consumption.

If you are experiencing injuries and overwhelming stress due to work, it might be time to contact a Warren county workers’ compensation attorney. Manfred Ricciardelli is an experience New Jersey workers’ comp lawyer dedicated to obtaining maximum compensation for his clients. Please call today at 973-285-1100 for a free consultation. 

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