Repetitive stain injury is the term used to describe a number of upper body injuries, which are caused, in most cases, by repetitive and forceful work-based tasks, or by poor posture. Sadly, thousands of people in the UK suffer from repetitive strain injury each year. This is so shocking because repetitive strain injury is something that, with a little forethought, can easily be avoided.
Steps to prevent repetitive strain injury
There are a number of steps to prevent repetitive strain injury, which are easy to implement and cost very little to employers
Here are some simple, and practical steps to prevent repetitive strain injury, so that you do not have to go through the pain that many other people are experiencing as you read this:
Keyboard and mouse
If you work in an office, the one thing that you absolutely must do to avoid a repetitive strain injury is correctly set up your keyboard and mouse. If possible, you should use an ergonomic keyboard, as this will ensure that your wrist is always supported and in the correct position. Ideally, your employer should have provided you with one, but if you only have a bog standard keyboard, you will need to adjust your keyboard so that your hands and wrists are always in a comfortable position.
If you find using a normal mouse the cause of pain, here are a number of cleverly designed mice and pointers, which can be purchased to make you more comfortable and avoid RSI.
Speech recognition software
If you have real problems typing, you may want to talk to your employer about installing speech recognition software, which allows you to input data using your voice, taking the strain off your hands, arms and wrists completely, allowing you to recover much more quickly.
Schedule regular breaks
Sitting or standing in the same position, or carrying out the same task, for long periods without a break is a recipe for RSI. Taking regular breaks, even if just for a few minutes at a time, can really help to prevent injury, and it does a good job of keeping you refreshed and energized too.
Claiming for repetitive strain injury
If the practices in your workplace make it impossible for you to avoid RSI, and you develop a repetitive strain injury, you may be able to claim compensation. In order to find out more about steps to prevent repetitive strain injury and what to do if you develop it, simply call Accident Advice Helpline on either 0800 689 0500 from landlines, or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: 13th August 2016
Author: Lynne Bell