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    Repetitive Strain Injury: Machine Operators


    One of the scourges of workplaces throughout the United Kingdom is Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI). Their causes are often not noticed until it is too late and the treatment and rehabilitation process can be both lengthy and expensive.

    What accidents at work cause RSI’s?

    As opposed to a one-off accident, such as a slip or fall or an accident with faulty machinery, RSI’s build up over a prolonged period of time.

    The repeated movement of certain parts of the body can cause problems with the muscles, tendons and ligaments in that particular area which is exactly what causes an RSI.

    Many people put their discomfort down to general and unavoidable wear and tear when this is in fact far from the truth.

    Who are most at risk from suffering RSIs at work?

    A wide range of people are at risk from developing RSIs, though they all have one thing in common – the repeated use of certain actions and body parts. Those particularly at risk include:

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    • Manual workers.
    • Cleaners.
    • Office workers and clerical staff.
    • Long distance drivers.
    • Machine operators.

    Why are machine operators particularly at risk?

    Machine operators are likely to be tasked with performing very similar, if not exactly the same, tasks throughout the working day. The details of particular RSIs they are at risk from depends on the machine they are operating.

    For example, heavy duty machinery that requires a good deal of strength to operate can cause muscular problems, especially in the back. Chances of an injury increase if the worker is required to maintain an awkward or unnatural body shape for a prolonged period of time.

    Smaller machinery is also more than capable of causing serious problems and injuries at work. Vibration white finger injuries, for example, arise from the repeated use of hand-held vibrating machines.

    How can RSI be treated?

    As mentioned, RSIs are notoriously difficult to treat. This is because, after an extended period of rest during which you may think it has healed, going back to the same tasks will soon see the same old problems flare up again.

    Massage can help ease the symptoms whilst regular breaks are also important.

    What can I do if I suffer an RSI at work?

    Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

    Our legal team has over 15 years’ experience in dealing with work injury claims and knows exactly what it takes to win the compensation you may well be due.

    Date Published: March 5, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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