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Overexertion at Work Compensation Claims

Pertaining to physical injuries rather than mental, emotional or spiritual excess, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recognises the symptoms of overexertion as resulting from tasks where there has been an excess of pushing, pulling, bending, lifting, throwing, holding and carrying. In isolation these motions do not usually cause an injury, but when actions are repetitive, they can cause a hazard. Overexertion to a part of the body may be caused when:

  • There are fixed or constrained body positions.
  • There is continual repetition of movements.
  • Force is concentrated on small parts of the body, such as the hand or wrist.
  • The pace of work that does not allow sufficient recovery between movements.

What are the consequences of overexertion in the workplace?

Overexertion usually leads to work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMD’s). This is a group of disorders which specifically affect the muscles, nerves and tendons. Your doctor or GP may refer to them as repetitive motion injuries, repetitive strain injuries, cumulative stress disorders or overuse syndrome.

Symptoms are varied but in the affected area workers may experience pins and needles, pain, burning sensations, dull aches, numbness or swelling. Common disorders are Tendonitis, Epicondylitis, Carpal Tunnel syndrome and tension neck syndrome.

The responsibilities of your employer

Even though many jobs and tasks within the work environment may call for repetitive actions it is the responsibility of your employer to ensure the task itself does not put your health and well-being at risk. For instance, by introducing job rotation, an employer can be sure any one worker is not left on any one task too long.

Job enlargement allows for more varied tasks to be done within the task and so prevents restriction of body movements. The issue of personal protective equipment is useful. For example, typists can be helped by using cushions under their wrists. Sitting posture and alignment with the machinery should be taken into consideration and even training. Your employer should have taken into account how long you were doing a repetitive task before you had a break.

Making a claim

Overexertion in the work place legally comes under the category of personal injury. If you are an employee who has suffered an injury through no fault of your own you can make a claim for personal injury compensation. The reward you receive may offer financial help in supporting you through the period of your injury. It may also help prevent further accidents happening as changes to health and safety measures are tightened. Employers expect there to be compensation claims and factor this into their budgets by taking out liability insurance. At Workplace Accident Helpline our expert solicitors can guide you through the process.

How we can help you claim compensation

At Workplace Accident Helpline our professional consultants specialise in helping people claim for accidents, illnesses or diseases which originate in the workplace. We guide you through the whole process on a no win-no fee basis. We will match the needs of your case and personal preferences with our panel of solicitors who are pre-screened experts in this type of claim. To make an enquiry simply fill in our compensation claim form or call us on 0800 327 7919

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