Hacker Career Advice

I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up

As a software developer, the most common workplace injuries you’ll face are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Tendonitis. The cause? Probably too much tippy-tapping on your keyword whilst ignoring basic ergonomics.

Then there are the freak accidents, like tumbling down a stairwell, tripping on an extension cord, or getting electrocuted by a bad benchtop power supply.

Don’t freak out or encase yourself in bubble wrap though. You can avoid a lot of workplace injuries by paying attention, not taking undue risks, wearing proper safety equipment, and holding on to those handrails.

But if something does happen and you do get injured on the job, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation, which will help you fund your recovery. This isn’t just a neat perk offered by progressive employers, it’s the law pretty much everywhere except Texas.

Since laws vary, you’ll have to research your own situation. Pro tip: HR usually has all this information at the ready. Because, lawyers.

And if you’re interning, there’s good news for you too. Paid or unpaid, most interns do qualify for some form of worker’s comp. So, whether you spill hot coffee on yourself or slip on a stack of TPS reports—your injury matters and should be taken seriously.