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Repetitive Strain Injury Compensation Claims

Repetitive strain Injuries (RSI) are among the most common injuries sustained in the workplace in the UK. According to TUC figures, over 500,000 workers have reported the injury during any one year. Consequently this has led to 5.4 million sick days. Employers in the UK are legally obliged to prevent incidents by adhering to the Safety Act of 1974 and the Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

What causes repetitive strain injury in the workplace?

This condition can be found in any work environment but is specifically triggered (as the name may suggest) by completing tasks which involve repetitive actions. This can include typists or computer operators who are continuously inputting into a keyboard. It can also affect workers using heavy machinery repetitively (Vibration white finger) These conditions normally affect the upper limbs of the body and so are therefore termed work-related upper limb disorders (WRULD).

  • Repetitive strain injury is more likely to occur 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.

Symptoms of repetitive strain injury

Common symptoms of repetitive strain injury are:

  • Stiffness
  • Tingling or Numb Fingers
  • Weakness
  • Cramp

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. An employer can introduce the following for instance:

  • Job rotation, an employer can be sure any one worker is not left on any one task to 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

If you feel you have contracted repetitive strain injury because of your employers negligence, 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 illness. 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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