Working from home can be an exceptional option and many Oklahoma workers are learning to enjoy it. As a remote worker, some things you automatically left up to your employer are now your responsibility. Creating and maintaining a safe work environment and healthy practices are totally up to you.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in 2017 that those working from home can receive Workers’ Compensation benefits if they become injured while working at home. The catch is, the burden of proof for how the injury occurred is on you. Therefore, it is wise to ensure your home workspace is as safe and comfortable as possible.
Protecting Yourself While Working from Home
Here are the top recommendations for staying safe and healthy while working from home.
- Use a rolling chair that has ergonomic support and sufficient padding
- Be sure lighting is sufficient for your tasks
- Position your laptop or monitors so your eyes are level with the top third and screens are at least two feet away from your face
- Maintain proper posture with a straight back and relaxed shoulders while seated
- Use a stand-up desk when possible
- Try to get up and move about every hour
- Focus your eyes away from your computer screen for five minutes each half hour
- Secure all cords and cables away from walkways and heat sources
- Be sure you have sufficient electrical outlets for all your equipment
- Ensure your electrical equipment is plugged into a surge protector
- Be careful with food and drink around your equipment
- Do not use extension cords permanently
- Turn off equipment when not in use
- Keep an inventory list of all your equipment in case of loss
- Keep all software and anti-viral tools up-to-date
- Make sure floors are free from hazards and clutter
- Make sure any stairs are equipped with secure handrails and have adequate lighting
- Maintain working smoke and CO2 detectors in or near your workspace and test them regularly
- Keep a home-use fire extinguisher readily available
- Keep walkways, doorways and aisles unobstructed
- Keep portable heaters away from flammable items
- Have an evacuation plan in case of emergency
- Keep emergency numbers handy
- Keep doors securely locked while working
- Keep children or others away from your workspace
Learn More from an Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Staying safe and healthy while working from home is your responsibility, but things can still go wrong. Back and neck strain and slip-and-fall injuries are among the most common reported from remote workers. If you become injured while working at home, you need a seasoned Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Attorney to help you navigate the difficult claims process. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more and get the help you need.