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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Why baggage handlers are at risk of repetitive strain injury

    When you go to the airport and you’re about to jet off to foreign climes, it’s easy to forget about all the people that are working to make your trip possible. Airports employ workers with a wide range of skills, and there are all kinds of activities going on at any given time. If you work at the airport, there are risks involved, just like any other setting. Some roles, such as baggage handlers, may carry higher risks of injury than others. If you’ve been injured at work and you weren’t at fault, why not give Accident Advice Helpline a call and find out more about claiming work accident compensation.

    Why are baggage handlers at risk of repetitive strain injury?

    Repetitive strain injury is a common work-related condition. This term is used to describe a collection of symptoms, which develop as a result of carrying out repeated actions. If your job involves doing the same thing over and over again each day, for example, typing, you may be at risk of RSI. Baggage handlers may develop repetitive strain injury as a result of moving bags from trolleys and belts to aeroplanes or baggage carousels. The action of lifting and putting bags down repeatedly may cause symptoms such as:

    • Swelling
    • Pain
    • Loss of sensation and numbness
    • Pins and needles

    What to do if you have RSI

    If you think you may have repetitive strain injury, arrange to see your GP, and talk to your boss. In most cases, rest is the best course of action. You may need to take a few days off if you do have symptoms which seem to be getting worse. You could also try applying ice to the affected area, and take over-the-counter pain relief medication.

    If you feel like you’ve developed a work-related illness or you’ve been injured as a result of your employer’s negligence, you have a right to claim compensation. If your boss hasn’t been following health and safety guidelines or your working conditions don’t comply with regulations, for example, they should claim liability for your work injuries. Keen to learn more about making a work injury claim? Call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. Provided that you were injured in the last 3 years and you have proof that you were not at fault, we could help you to make a successful personal injury claim.

    Date Published: April 20, 2017

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    Author: Accident Advice

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