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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

    How to avoid carpal tunnel from typing


    Carpal tunnel from typing is one of the most common Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) suffered by office workers. Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the hand and can be seriously painful and debilitating. Carpal tunnel from typing – what is it? Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused pressure on a nerve in your wrist. It results in tingling,….

    Why baggage handlers are at risk of repetitive strain injury


    When you go to the airport and you’re about to jet off to foreign climes, it’s easy to forget about all the people that are working to make your trip possible. Airports employ workers with a wide range of skills, and there are all kinds of activities going on at any given time. If you….

    The impact of repetitive strain injuries caused by your job


    When it comes to work accidents and injuries, repetitive strain injuries caused by your job are usually not the first example to spring to mind, Though they don’t have the immediacy or shock factor of a trip or a fall, the damage caused by repetitive strain injuries can be equally, if not more, serious and….

    Top 5 tips to minimise repetitive strain injuries


    Repetitive strain injuries are the scourge of many a workplace. From a standard, 9-5 office role to active work in manual labour and construction, repetitive strain injuries are a very real problem and threat for employees and employers across a wide number of industries. Therefore, taking preventative measures to help minimise repetitive strain injuries is….

    Claiming long term injury if you suffer from golfer’s elbow


    Golfer’s elbow, like tennis elbow, is a type of tendinitis, an inflammation of tendons meeting at your elbow. In the case of golfer’s elbow (or epicondylitis), it is typically the tendon on the elbow’s inner part that is inflamed and causing pain. Causes Epicondylitis usually results from overuse of the forearm muscles. These enable you….

    Exercises you can do at your desk to stop RSI


    Repetitive strain injuries are one of the most common work-related ailments for office workers. While some accidents at work cannot be avoided, there are ways to minimise the strain placed on your body each day. In fact, there are quick and simple exercises you can do at your desk to stop repetitive strain injuries in….

    Better ergonomics: Desktop or laptop computers?


    UK employers have a duty to take steps to reduce work injuries, such as providing ergonomic office furniture. If you use desktop or laptop computers, it’’s wise to be aware of the potential risks and to take steps to protect your spine and improve your posture. Back pain is one of the most common work-related illnesses….

    Positioning your laptop screen to avoid sore eyes/back


    Repetitive strain injuries are among the most common office-related accidents at work. When working with a laptop screen day in, day out, it is important to know how to position your laptop screen to minimise the risk of sore eyes and back. In doing so, you reduce the chances of sustaining a repetitive strain injury…..

    Are computer screens damaging to your health?


    Accidents at work occur across all professions in every industry. That being said, we often forget the dangers of working in an office. From respiratory problems caused by dusty rooms to repetitive strain injuries due to poor ergonomic practices, office-related injuries can be extremely debilitating. With this in mind, when working in an office, just….

    Injuries that darts players suffer


    ContentsInjuries caused by the darts themselvesWhere do you play darts?Why should you contact Accident Advice Helpline?If someone asked you to think of a sport, you might think of something physical like tennis, football, basketball or even swimming. Chances are, darts wouldn’t be the first thing to come to mind, yet it is still a sport…..

    Common mobile phone related injuries


    Following the mobile phone boom of the early noughties, many consumers were primarily concerned with how usage adversely affected the brain. Almost 20 years on, with mobile technology now the norm for UK citizens, there are some more practical concerns to consider regarding mobile phone related injuries. From slips, trips and falls to ergonomic issues, what….

    Should you be taught ergonomic practices when you start working?


    Accidents at work aren’’t limited to machinery-related loss of limbs and other severe occupational ailments. In fact, many workplace injuries are a result of poor ergonomic practices, causing upper and lower limb disorders, or repetitive strain injuries. The question is, however, who is responsible for ensuring correct ergonomic practices? Should the employer provide training on correct ergonomic….

    Common computer-related injuries


    Computer-related injuries can be broadly divided into posture-related injuries, overuse injuries of arms or hands, and computer use-related eye strain, as well as slips, trips and falls and injuries by electrocution or fire. Posture-related injuries The most common computer related injuries are the result of sitting for prolonged periods of time, poor posture, and poorly designed workstations. Posture-related….

    Signs of RSI


    Also commonly referred to as work-related ULD (upper limb disorder) or non-specific ULP (upper limb pain), RSI, or repetitive strain injury is a term describing pain in muscles, tendons and nerves caused by overuse and repetitive movement. It’s a common work-related ailment, so what are the signs of RSI and how can the condition be prevented? Signs of….

    Worst recorded cases of RSI


    RSI (repetitive strain injury) is a common work-related injury, which arises from carrying out repeated actions on a regular basis. Some recorded cases of RSI are more severe than others, the condition can be slightly uncomfortable for the victim or extremely debilitating. If you’’ve developed RSI as a result of your working conditions, or you’’ve been injured….

    Most common body parts to get RSI


    Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is one of the most common work-related illnesses, and some body parts are more likely than other body parts to get RSI. If you’’ve been injured in accidents at work or you’’ve developed a work-related illness, you may wish to consider claiming compensation. What are the most common body parts to get RSI? The most common body parts….

    Caring for long-term RSI injuries


    Usually, long-term RSI injuries are caused when you are needed to repeat the same action day in, day out at work. Sometimes accidents at work do not occur; long-term RSI injuries can simply be caused by a gradual build-up of pressure on the same area of your body over time. Although some acute RSI injuries can ease with….

    What is the most common form of RSI?


    Repetitive strain injury or RSI is the term given to pain around joints that has been caused by repetitive movement over a long period of time. This could be from a work injury or a long-term condition. There are many different types of RSI but there are more common forms than others. What is the….

    Recovering from RSI


    Repetitive strain Injury (RSI) is a condition that occurs when an excessive load is placed on the same muscle groups for an extended period of time. This may occur through repetitive typing on a keyboard without a break or lifting heavy loads. The symptoms of RSI include: Pain Tightness Dull ache Throbbing Numbness Tingling RSI….

    What are the long-term effects of RSI?


    ContentsRSI symptomsEarly stage RSIUntreated RSILong-term effects of RSIEmployers and RSIBreach of dutyRSI (repetitive strain injury) is an umbrella term for conditions causing pain in muscles, tendons and nerves.  Caused by overuse, repetitive movements or prolonged exposure to excessive vibration, RSI is also often referred to as work-related ULDs (upper limb disorders). The long-term effects of….

    Are there different types of RSI?


    Repetitive strain injury or RSI is a general condition used to describe joint or muscle pain which has been caused by repetitive movements over a long period of time. This is a common work injury where jobs involve repeated movements such as typing or construction work. Different types of RSI including work injuries As RSI….

    Defining white-collar work and its dangers


    White-collar work is defined as work that is performed within offices, cubicles and other administrative settings. The dangers of white-collar work The most common dangers associated with white-collar work include: Work-related stress Manual handling accidents Slips, trips and falls Injuries by electrocution White-collar work and work-related stress Stress at work has the potential to damage….

    What are the most common RSI injuries?


    Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a common type of work-related illness. It is caused by carrying out the same action repeatedly. If you’ve been injured as a result of accidents at work or you have developed a work illness such as RSI, you may be eligible for work injury compensation. Compensation is provided to employees….

    Treatment for RSI: Physiotherapy


    Repetitive Strain Injury or RSI can be a common work injury especially in industries where the workers are required to repeat the same movements over and over again every day. This could be anything from typing to cutting hair. If you catch this work injury early it can be eased and managed without surgery, but if….

    Potential accident claims for pool cleaners


    Accidents at work for, those in a standard nine-to-five job, typically involve repetitive strain injuries and slips, trips and falls, but accident claims for pool cleaners are, generally speaking, a little more complex. Accident claims for pool cleaners When working with water, pool cleaners are naturally exposed to hazards which aren’t present in other job….

    Potential accident claims for call centre workers


    Although a call centre may not seem like the most hazardous workplace, it is possible for call centre workers to be involved in accidents at work and suffer from work-related illnesses. More than one million people in the UK work in call centres; if you’re a call centre worker and you’ve been injured at work….

    Accident hazards for baggage handlers


    Accidents at work occur in all trades and in all professions. They are dependent on the nature of your job role and, sadly, no position is truly exempt from the risk of suffering a work-related injury or illness. Working in an airport may seem like an interesting career, with many glamorous aspects, to the outsider,….

    Correct ergonomics, maintaining your body while in the office


    From general slips, trips and falls in the workplace and office-related repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) to road traffic collisions and accidents involving heavy-duty machinery, in 2012/13 alone, over 78,000 injuries caused by accidents at work were reported to the Health and Safety Executive. With those figures in mind, the latest annual statistics from the Labour….

    Five most common injuries in the office


    Slips, trips and falls in the office are common accidents at work that lead to a myriad of occupational injuries, including sprains and fractures to the lower limbs. But, although trips over cables and slips on wet office floors are some of the more frequent office accidents, there are other hazards that can cause injuries….

    Claiming for injuries due to poor ergonomics at work


    The ergonomics in the work place is all linked to the efficiency of the company and of  the worker in the office. If you work under the strain of poor ergonomics at work, it can potentially lead to a work injury, but could you claim? Injuries caused by poor ergonomics at work There are many different work accidents that can….

    The dangers of working as a manual labourer


    Working as a manual labourer can be hard, back breaking, not to mention the long hours. However, it can also mean the risks of an accident at work are quite high and the injuries can be quite severe. What types of accident at work injuries can occur? Some of the most common type of work….

    Avoiding back injuries at work


    Back pain is one of the most common complaints among workers in the UK. If you have experienced back injuries at work, or you’ve developed pain following accidents at work, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation. What causes back injuries at work? Back pain is common in office workers, labourers, construction and….

    Can I claim if I have injured myself lifting at work?


    Employers have a legal duty to prevent employees being injured at work. This includes providing adequate training in safety and manual handling procedures and, where necessary, suitable equipment to assist with the heavy lifting at work. Employees’ duty Employees in turn are also responsible for their own and other people’s safety. By following instructions; adhering to….

    How can I guard against the threat of RSI in the office


    Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the UK. It is commonly found in office workers and manual labourers and is related to carrying out repeated actions and movements. If you’ve been involved in an accident at work or you suffer from a work-related injury, such as RSI, you….

    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….

    Defining musculo-skeletal disorders


    Accidents at work can involve anything from illnesses caused by hazardous substances to slips, trips and falls. However, heavy lifting and the use of heavy machinery are often responsible for one of the most common work accident symptoms, such as repetitive strain injuries that can cause musculo-skeletal disorders. What are musco-skeletal disorders? Musco-skeletal disorders are….

    Personal injury injuries and musical instruments


    While being a musician may not seem to carry an obvious risk when it comes to work-related injuries, accidents at work do occur for some who play an instrument for a living. This is more to do with the physical requirements that are involved in playing musical instruments rather than the object themselves. Take a….

    What is Personal Protective Equipment?


    Workers in many industries are provided with personal protective equipment, also known as PPE, to reduce the risk of accidents at work and protect employees from work injuries. When you go to work, you have a right to feel safe and if your employer does not provide you with the relevant equipment or the workplace….

    What are the most common office-related injuries?


    Health and Safety Executive figures show that 1.2 million people in the UK suffered from a work-related illness in 2013/14. If you’ve been injured as a result of accidents at work or you’re suffering from illness as a result of your working environment or the demands of your job, you could be eligible for compensation…..

    Injuries due to lack of Personal Protective Equipment


    ContentsThe importance of risk assessmentsCan basic checks be made to reduce the odds of illness and injury?Ill or injured as a result of your job?Speak to one of our advisors todayPersonal Protective Equipment is sometimes abbreviated to PPE. It’s a catch-all term that relates to many types of clothing and equipment designed to protect you….

    Is whiplash exclusive to car accidents?


    Whiplash injuries are a common outcome of motoring accidents. Resulting from sudden, forceful movement of the head – backwards, sideways or forwards –  whiplash is, however, not only caused by car accidents. Other incidents likely to cause whiplash Sudden blows to the head, such as those inflicted when being hit by falling objects – when….

    The long-term effects of wearing heels


    Stylish as they may be, high heeled shoes, and in particular stilettos, can be responsible for an array of painful, potentially permanent conditions few women wearing heels are aware of, at least until it is too late. Health effects of high heels Wearing high heels on a regular basis can, for instance, cause: Ingrown toenails Irreversible….

    Smart ergonomics: Preventing office injury


    Ergonomics are an important factor in preventing injury in the workplace. The seating position of an office worker who uses a computer for work activities is crucial to avoid repetitive strain injuries and other posture related conditions. Key points to note in a good ergonomic position: The body is directly in front of the keyboard….

    What injuries are often sustained when crowdsurfing?


    Crowdsurfing at music festivals may be highly popular, but is also a highly dangerous activity that could lead to potentially serious injuries to both the people doing the ‘surfing’ and those standing below them. Study results According to an Airedale NHS Trust study, 43 people sustained crowd surfing injuries during a three-day festival, with an….

    Who should I deem responsible for my office injury?


    According to the Health and Safety Executive, 28.2 million working days were lost in 2013/14 as a result of accidents at work and work-related illness and injury. If you’ve sustained an office injury or any other work-related ailment, and you were not at fault, you could claim compensation. What causes work accidents? There are various….

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