What is Repetitive Strain injury?
Repetitive Strain Injury [RSI] is the name given to a group of conditions affecting the muscles, tendons, nerves and other soft tissues of the body. It is also known as Work Related Upper limb Disorder (WRULD) and can affect the fingers, hands and arms all of which are subjected to overuse.
Overuse in this context can mean the excessive repeating of the same action much like hammering the same spot too many times or use of a keyboard at a computer station. However it can also be brought on by a combination of poor posture, twisting, cold weather, vibration or stress. We receive numerous enquiries from clients who often work with computers or carry out repetitive manual work and in the UK one worker in every 50 has reported an RSI condition.
What is the Harris Fowler approach?
We take the view that employers owe their workers a duty of care to properly asses the risks of their employees’ environments. They need to take appropriate action by carrying out a proper Risk Assessment of the workplace and ensure that the correct equipment is used which takes into account the ergonomics of the job and to ensure that employees take regular breaks or vary the tasks that they do throughout the working day.
Here at Harris Fowler we have a wealth of experience in dealing with RSI in the workplace and are very proactive in pursuing a personal injury claim on behalf our clients.
How we can help?
If you or a family member work in an environment where you are carrying out the repetitive tasks every day, and this is causing you to develop RSI, please call our FREEPHONE number (0800) 213214 or call the firm direct on 01823 251515 where we will be pleased to offer you professional advice with a view to making a claim.