When it comes to work accidents and injuries, repetitive strain injuries caused by your job are usually not the first example to spring to mind, Though they don’t have the immediacy or shock factor of a trip or a fall, the damage caused by repetitive strain injuries can be equally, if not more, serious and damaging.
Repetitive strain injuries caused by your job, what are they?
Repetitive strain injuries – also known as RSI – refer to musculoskeletal disorders in the upper limbs and neck caused by repetitive movements that result in an inflammation of the tendons in the affected areas. Typical examples of repetitive strain injuries include:
- Writer’s cramp
- Tennis elbow
What jobs cause the most repetitive strain injuries?
Though RSI’s are often linked with office-based jobs through repeated activities such as typing, manufacturing jobs such as working on a production line or a role which requires a considerable amount of lifting and carrying – especially above shoulder height – also pose a significant risk to the long-term health of the employee.
A classic example of a repetitive strain injury caused by your job would be a construction employee suffering from “white finger” a condition brought on by the constant use of vibrating tools and machinery.
How can repetitive strain injuries impact your job?
Aside from the obvious physical discomfort, repetitive strain injuries require treatment and rehabilitation, which may in turn necessitate some time off work for the affected employee.
They can also have a significantly negative impact on the morale and mental well-being of the victim.
How can repetitive strain injuries at work be avoided?
The first step to minimising the risk of repetitive strain injuries in, for example, an office job is to have the right equipment. Things like an ergonomic keyboard can go a long way to safeguarding the long-term health of employees.
It’s also important to take regular breaks and employers should be careful to ensure their work environment is not one which places undue pressure and stress on their staff. Being proactive in this regard can ward off the threat of repetitive strain injuries before they arise.
If you do suffer from the impact of repetitive strain injuries caused by your job, remember you could be due compensation. A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline’s expert advisors can set you on the way to the compensation you deserve so call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice