Garden centre workers often have to do the same task everyday which means they can be susceptible to accident at work injuries such as repetitive strain injury.
How do garden centre workers get repetitive strain injury?
Certain tasks have to be carried out every day of the year at garden centres including pruning, watering and re-bedding. These are very repetitive tasks and when a worker is continually carrying these tasks out, the muscles can become damaged and simple tasks can lead to a painful accident at work injury.
How to avoid repetitive strain injury?
When you have to carry out the same tasks every day it can be difficult to avoid suffering from this work injury but there are a few things you can do. If you find your muscles are still hurting quite some time after the tasks have been completed, try resting that muscle as much as you can. If you can, try to take some time off if it becomes too painful as this will help the muscles to heal and help prevent this work injury becoming permanent. If you can’t do that, see if you can swap jobs with someone in the garden centre so you are doing other tasks for a while. This may also help as you are not putting constant strain on the muscle with the same tasks.
What happens if my repetitive strain injury worsens?
If you ignore the signs of an onset of this nasty work injury it can become permanent which often means the only solution is constant pain killers or surgery to fix the damaged muscle or muscles. But if it is monitored from the start and appropriate action is taken, you can help to alleviate the pain and possibly stop it going this far.
Work injuries and accidents can happen whether you work in a garden centre or an office. If you have an accident at work that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm dedicated to getting the best outcome for their clients and the compensation they deserve. Find out how much you could potentially claim from your accident at work injury by taking the simple 30-second compensation calculator or speaking to someone on their 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown