RSI is short for repetitive strain injury. This is a very painful condition that is caused by performing the same motions over and over again with your hands. For example typists can get it; other workers who continually move or lift things can get it, and cashiers can get it.
You may not think cashier RSI is that common. After all, cashiers don’t typically lift anything heavy on a daily basis. However, you don’t need to lift heavy weights in order to be prone to this condition. The problem is in doing the same things over and over again – hence the name repetitive strain injury.
Can it be prevented?
There are ways in which it can be prevented. For example an employer should take every possible step to prevent their cashiers from getting cashier RSI. They should assess the working situation, provide regular breaks so cashiers can rest their hands, and provide training as well. The training can help ensure people are aware of the condition and what they can do to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Accident Advice Helpline has spoken with many people who have experienced the pain of RSI. This condition can affect one or both hands and it may mean you have trouble in other parts of your life as well. For example you may find it difficult to lift things or even get proper sleep, as your hands can hurt during the night.
What should you do?
If your employer has ignored your request to assess your workplace or consider how your condition might be improved by making changes, you may have cause to make a compensation claim. Repetitive strain injury is very uncomfortable and you may end up getting problems from tendons and ligaments. Numbness and pain can both present themselves, and you can end up with problems throughout your life if action isn’t taken to alleviate the symptoms.
If you think you could make a compensation claim, it’s always best to get information and advice before you do anything else. Accident Advice Helpline can help you. Make sure you call us on 0800 689 0500 and speak with a professional and friendly advisor. This could be the best way to work out whether you have a chance to make a successful compensation claim with our assistance. It would be a no win, no fee* claim too.