Computer-Related Injuries Soar

Children found to be most at risk from injuries caused by computer equipment
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2009 8:20 AM CDT
The sharp corners of much computer equipment are blamed for many laceration injuries, especially among children.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – The huge rise in computer ownership between 1994 and 2006 was accompanied by a rise twice as big in the number of people injuring themselves with them, Time reports. A recent study found that almost 10,000 Americans a year now get hurt seriously enough to visit hospital emergency rooms by tripping over cables, dropping laptops or monitors on their feet, or lacerating themselves on sharp corners.

Adults were most likely to injure themselves while moving computer equipment. Children—especially under-5s, who made up a disproportionate number of victims—tended to be injured climbing on or playing close to computer equipment. The study found, though, that the rate of increase in injuries has been slowing as monitors have gotten thinner and lighter.