According to the Health and Safety Executive, more than 28 million working days were lost in the UK in 2013/14 as a direct result of work-related illness or injuries that occurred from accidents at work.
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is among the most common work-related illnesses and is often diagnosed in office workers and manual labourers. If you work in these industries, here are some tips to reduce the risk of developing RSI.
Use StretchClock software
StretchClock software is used by businesses and individuals up and down the country and it helps to remind people when to take a break; the software also encourages short periods of stretching and promotes good posture.
Taking regular breaks enables the muscles to rest, reducing the risk of repetitive strain injury.
RSI is an umbrella term, which is used to describe a group of conditions, which occur as a result of overuse of the muscles, joints and connective tissue. It is most commonly seen in office workers who do a lot of typing and examples include tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.
Learn to recognise the warning signs
Repetitive strain injury tends to get worse with time, so treating it early is the best course of action. If you develop symptoms of RSI, such as stiffness in the joints, pain, a tingling sensation or swelling, talk to your employer and see your GP.
Let your employer know
If you speak to your employer about a work-related illness, they should take action to help prevent the situation from getting worse, such as providing the relevant health and safety training, encouraging regular short breaks, providing comfortable office chairs, which offer support for the lower back and introducing gadgets, such as StretchClock and voice recognition software.
Can I claim compensation?
Work injury compensation is awarded to employees who have been injured at work or suffered work-related illness as a result of a work accident or negligence on the part of the employer.
If you have developed an illness or been involved in an accident in the last three years, call Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you have a valid work accident compensation claim.
Accident Advice Helpline handles hundreds of personal injury cases each year and boasts 15 years’ experience in the industry. Our lawyers work on a no-win no-fee basis, and the firm is backed by popular television consumer rights champion and personality, Esther Rantzen.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to speak with one of our friendly advisers.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice