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Defective office chairs can pose risk of on-the-job injuries

When someone reports a workplace fall to a supervisor, it might not be unusual for the injury to be caused by fall from a piece of machinery at a construction site. Rarely is a fall caused by an equipment malfunction of an everyday office item found in cubicle farms in California and across the country. But Office Depot has recently announced a recall of office chairs in connection with more than 150 reports of a defective part that has caused at least one serious injury involving a fractured back and hip and 25 other reported injuries.

According the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the welded seat plate on the chair is apparently defective and may lead the seat to suddenly come apart from the chair's base. This resulting fall to the floor can produce serious consequences, including back injuries, broken bones and head injuries.  

The CPSC reports that 1.4 million of the chairs are subject to the recall, and although many are likely found in homes the possibility exists that some are located in California work environments as well.

Whether falling from a scaffold or falling from a broken chair, workplace injuries should be taken seriously. When a piece of equipment fails, even an office chair, someone who is injured could have a workers’ compensation claim due to being injured on the job. If you have been injured at the workplace, you may have multiple options to recover compensation. An attorney may be able to help you determine the best course of action to address your injuries.

Source: USA Today, “Serious injury prompts recall of office chairs,” May 22, 2014

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