More than 400 home office workers were injured by rubber bands last year, according to government stats.

While pencil sharpeners injured 91 and staplers harmed 1,317 home workers, 18 workers managed to injure themselves with hole punches and 37 had calculator accidents.

If apparently harmless office equipment can cause such carnage, Backchat wonders what the figures were like in the days of paper guillotines and mechanical typewriters.