The Home Office faces being sued by hundreds of UK border staff who have suffered shoulder injuries and repetitive strain injury from leaning out of booths to check passports in Calais. After working carrying out checks for hours on end, many staff have been left with what is being dubbed ‘Calais shoulder.’
The number of claims for compensation is set to increase as more staff come forward – staffing cuts at the border have led to an increased workload and carrying out repetitive tasks for hours on end could damage workers’ shoulders and arms. So far, two members of staff have received compensation of up to £20,000. The Immigration Services Union called on managers to address the problems, rather than ‘sweeping them under the carpet.’
This latest news is indicative of the compensation culture which currently seems to be sweeping across the public sector. Recent reports claimed that police officers pocket more than £20 million annually for personal injury claims related to accidents on duty such as slips, trips and falls.
Have you suffered from repetitive strain injury?
Repetitive strain injury (RSI), back ache, shoulder pains and neck pain are all common injuries for those who work in sedentary roles. Sitting, leaning, stretching and even typing all day long can take its toll and working in an environment which is unsuitable or not taking proper rest breaks could cause damage to your shoulders, arms and back. If you work in an office, your chair should be the correct height so that you can use your computer comfortably whilst resting both feet on the floor – in an ideal world your desk and chair will both be adjustable. It is also important that the chair you sit in provides suitable support for your back and neck, otherwise you risk strain. Working long shifts without taking a break can put strain on your muscles. If you have suffered from RSI, shoulder, back or neck injuries related to your work, you may be considering claiming compensation.
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Source: Daily Mail
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown