Repetitive strain injuries for office workers are amongst the most common of occupational ailments. Despite the high risk of repetitive strain injuries in the workplace, some simple adjustments to your workspace, such as knowing the height your chair should be, can minimise the chance of sustaining such occupational injuries.
The height your chair should be
By knowing the correct height your chair should be, you are able to adjust your position at your desk so that minimal pressure is put onto your spine, reducing the risk of occupational RSI.
Your employer should provide a thorough workplace assessment to determine the ideal height your chair should be.
When considering the height your chair should be, there are a number of factors that contribute to its ideal positioning. You need to check that your:
- Feet can be placed flat on to the floor
- Knees are in line with your hip
- Thighs are parallel to the floor
- Lower arm is at the height of your keyboard and mouse hardware
The back of your chair should also be adjusted so that your posture is upright, and you have adequate lumbar support.
In the case that your chair is not at the height it should be, or you have additional workspace issues, your employer should take reasonable measures to resolve these issues for you. In doing so, they protect your health and safety, minimising the risk of workplace injuries.
Claiming compensation for repetitive strain injury
If you have sustained a work-related injury, such as a repetitive strain injury, through no fault of your own, and you believe your employer is at fault, you may be able to claim compensation.
When 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 harm and distress you have endured.
That considered, all accidents at work are unique, which is why, at Accident Advice Helpline, we offer a free initial consultation for all victims of personal injury. During this initial consultation, we uncover the fundamentals of your case and help determine both where liability may lie, and your eligibility to claim.
Getting in touch
For more information, speak with one of our friendly advisors today, via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice