Repetitive strain injuries are among the most common office-related accidents at work. When working with a laptop screen day in, day out, it is important to know how to position your laptop screen to minimise the risk of sore eyes and back. In doing so, you reduce the chances of sustaining a repetitive strain injury.
How to position your laptop screen
There are myriad ways to improve the positioning of your laptop screen and take pressure off both your eyes and back.
Many workers are inclined to use their laptop screen either on their lap, or flat on their work desk. In doing so, you are encouraging your shoulder and neck to slouch downwards and twist, in an unnatural position, which can lead to various strains and RSIs.
Your employer should offer a workplace assessment, during which you will establish how to reach the optimum height for your laptop screen. Everyone should work with his or her laptop screen at eye level. There is equipment, such as laptop stands available for this purpose.
By installing hardware such as an external keyboard and mouse, you enable your arms and hands to work in a more relaxed position. While laptops are convenient, they do not encourage ideal ergonomic practices.
Reduce eye strain by using a larger laptop screen when possible, and taking rest breaks away from your laptop screen. You should also ensure your workspace is well lit, to take pressure off the eyes.
Claiming compensation for workplace injuries
If you have sustained a repetitive strain injury at work, through no fault of your own, and you believe your employer is to blame, you may be able to claim compensation for the harm and distress you have been made to endure.
While you are at work, your employer has a legal obligation to ensure your health and safety. When they fail in this duty of care, they can be held liable for the injuries or illness you sustain as a consequence.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice