In 2013/14, more than 1.2 million people in the UK believed that they were suffering from an illness, which was caused or made more severe by their job, according to Health and Safety Executive statistics. If you’ve been injured in an accident at work or you have a work-related illness, you may be thinking about claiming compensation.
There are lots of different types of illness, which may result from working in particular industries or settings. Examples of the most common work-related illnesses include:
- occupational asthma
- repetitive strain injury (RSI)
- occupational lung disease
- stress, anxiety and depression
- hand-arm vibration syndrome
- skin conditions
- industrial deafness
- musculoskeletal disorders
Causes of repetitive strain injury
Repetitive strain injury is a group of conditions, which occur as a result of completing repeated actions and movements; they tend to affect the arms and shoulders and examples include carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow and frozen shoulder.
RSI is most commonly found in manual workers and office workers who use a computer to type for prolonged periods of time. Possible risk factors include:
- poor posture: bad posture can cause you to strain and bend, which increases pressure on the muscles and joints
- working in an awkward position
- doing the same activity or action over and over again
- failing to rest
In a work setting, employers have a responsibility to ensure that the workplace is set up to promote good health and reduce the risk of work-related injuries and work accidents.
In order to reduce the risk of repetitive strain injury, employers should encourage good posture, ensure workers take regular breaks, invest in software and gadgets, such as EyeLeo software and voice recognition programmes and supply employees with supportive chairs and desks at the right height.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you are ill or injured and you believe your employer is to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about work injury compensation. Our no-win no-fee lawyers could help you to claim work accident compensation, which could be put to use covering household bills or medical fees.
Accident Advice Helpline was established in 2000 and our law firm is endorsed by Dame Esther Rantzen. Visit our website and complete the 30-second eligibility test to see if you have a valid personal injury claim. Alternatively, call us directly on Freephone number 0800 689 0500.