Fatigue can be caused by a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, poor blood supply to body tissue, illnesses affecting a person’s metabolism, infections, inflammatory diseases, lack of or disturbed sleep, and stress at work. Some medications can also cause fatigue.
Although the stereotypical repetitive strain injury is caused by occupational overexertion, whether this is consistent heavy lifting or desk work, fatigue is, in fact, one of the more common, yet unexpected, causes of repetitive strain injury.
How to identify fatigue
Whatever the underlying cause of fatigue may be, symptoms are generally described as feelings of weakness, lack of energy or constant tiredness. Other symptoms often associated with fatigue, include:
- Loss of weight
- Chest pains
- Shortness of breath
- Diarrhoea and/or vomiting
- Chills and fevers
Muscle pain and/or weakness are also often cited among the symptoms of fatigue.
Fatigue and repetitive strain injury
In addition to being a major health concern in its own right, fatigue can cause repetitive strain injuries. This is partly due to muscles, tendons and other body tissues that are already painful or weakened by fatigue being more susceptible to injuries by repetitive movement.
Poor blood supply and resulting coldness of limbs further increases the risk of developing repetitive stress injuries.
Fatigue could also result in slouching at your desk, for example. Poor posture is another major contributory factor in the development of upper limb disorders.
Fatigue and accidents at work
Hand arm vibration syndrome, vibration white finger, and other repetitive stain disorders, can occasionally also be caused by accidents at work. Fatigue obviously increases the risk of employees making mistakes leading to these ailments and other accident-related injuries at work.
An somewhat different type of fatigue, fatigue of the bone is a common factor in patellar degeneration, known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, and tibial degeneration, which is commonly referred to as shin splints.
Both of these repetitive strain conditions are typically the result of occupational overuse injuries.
Employers, fatigue and repetitive strain injury
The law places the responsibility for workers’ health and safety onto employers. This means employers must ensure workers are not exposed to the risk of being injured by work accidents or developing occupational conditions.
Failure to protect employees against workplace accidents and industrial illnesses may result in an employer being held liable for the harm and distress suffered and, as such, responsible for covering the costs of work injury compensation claimed by the injured employee.
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Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice