Kiwis claim more than $411,000 for office accidents in 2015
Last updated 14:11, January 6 2016
Your office swivel chair may look harmless – but it's not.
That pesky office chair seems to be doing no one any favours.
Just twisting your body while sitting on one can be a dangerous activity.
Last year, more than 317 people were injured in office accidents – probably leaving many red-faced and with a few bruises.
As a result, Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) levy-payers forked out more than $411,900 to cover the costs.
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A handful of those claims involved swivel chair accidents as well as walking into office furniture.
The figures were released by ACC and cover the period from January to December 22.
ACC spokeswoman Stephanie Melville said hazards in the workplace were inevitable.
"A lot fewer accidents happen in our workplaces because we tend to have formal health and safety practices in place, however, there are still hazards that can catch us unawares.
"The humble office chair features prominently, resulting in minor strains and sprains from falling off, bumping into or twisting around in too vigorously."
But it was not just the work space catching people out, Melville said.
"Unsurprisingly the work kitchen is often the scene of cuts and burns, office cords trip us up, while glass doors have proved injurious when walked into.
"Thankfully most office accidents are minor and other than a bruised ego when you slid your Swiss ball, Kiwis recover quickly and are back 'on the clock' all the wiser."
In 2014, about 330 people made claims totalling $232,182.
Some accident descriptions:
• Walked into some office furniture, hit knee
• Fell off office chair
• Jarred back while at desk, reaching and twisting in office chair
• Tidying office
• Walked into glass office door