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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Are UK checkout workers at risk of Repetitive Strain Injury?

    Are UK checkout workers at risk of Repetitive Strain Injury?

    Repetitive Strain Injury or RSI is a term which refers to a range of syndromes caused by persistent tasks or awkward positions. A checkout worker in the UK who does not have proper ergonomic seating and who works long hours may suffer from an injury which damages the limbs most often used.

    If your employer has not done enough to prevent RSI occurring then you can claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience dealing with these types of accidents at work and will make the process simple.


    With the rise in the use of computers in the workplace and the subsequent overuse of upper body tendons and muscles, RSI in the arms, hands, shoulder and neck have increased in number but actually manual workers are more widely affected. Checkout workers and assembly line staff are considered high risk and around 1 in 50 of the UK workforce have reported RSI symptoms.

    Risk factors include:

    • Repetitive muscular activities day after day
    • Intense activity for prolonged time periods without adequate rest breaks
    • Doing a forceful activity, like lifting heavy objects or carrying large loads
    • Poor posture, working in tiring or awkward positions, a poorly organised and not ergonomically strong workplace
    • Keeping a posture continually.
    • Stress; the musculoskeletal system tenses up with demanding deadlines or feeling unsupported by management.
    • Vibrating equipment
    • Cold working environment
    • A blow to the body or direct pressure can cause an acute RSI.
    • Tiredness

    Multiple risk factors increase the chances of suffering a repetitive strain injury.

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    Preventative measures

    • Keep your work environment naturally comfortable and ergonomically designed. Chairs and desks are crucial as cheap chairs encourage poor posture and RSIs become inevitable over time.
    • No strain in the standard sitting position and minimise repetitive actions, particularly if they involve vibration or force.
    • Regular breaks as part of the work day
    • Stretching, yoga and other therapies may be helpful


    Repetitive strain injuries cost the UK economy between £5 billion and £20 billion and over 5 million working days lost each year and 6 people leaving their jobs each day due to the pain.

    Your employer has a legal responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to try to prevent RSI in the workplace and to avoid it worsening in those already suffering.

    Your employer must provide workstation support and adequate break times, allowing time to rest the body and eyes. If employers are not taking these things into consideration then they are liable for negligence and if you suffer an injury at work as a result you can make a claim for compensation.

    Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to process your work related injury claim, our team of lawyers have years of experience dealing with exactly these sort of issues.

    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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