Repetitive Strain Injury *Awareness Day*
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is fairly unknown condition that affects thousands of people every year. It is unknown as a condition and unknown as something that you could potentially obtain from certain working environments and certain types of work. 28th February is RSI Awareness day around the world so Roberts Jackson has taken some time out of the hectic legal world to put some information together for sufferers and raise awareness of job roles that are likely to cause or aggravate RSI.
On the face of things repetitive strain injury is what it is, an injury caused by repetitive strain. In nearly all cases this is associated with motion as the contributor to the repetitive action. The problem with RSI is that it often goes left untreated or is associated with more familiar conditions such as carpal tunnel. In the following we hope to briefly explain the different types of working environments and work that can cause RSI.
Assembly lines are the most common cause of RSI due to the nature of the work. In most cases employees are stationed at one place throughout the day and are often repeating the same task all day. Unlike other work related conditions such as CBI (back problems), RSI is caused by one motion being repeated. For assembly line workers this could be anything from repeatedly taping boxes to tightening screws. One of the main contributing factors for assembly workers is the speed they work. On most assembly lines speed is key for maintaining work and hitting targets. This increase in physical pressure contributes heavily to the obtainment of RSI. For more information about assembly lines and RSI please follow this link (Insert link here to other content).
Similar to production lines manufacturing is often organised in such a way that numerous workers are split across the factory each working on a specific element of the manufacturing process. With manufacturing however they may be more involved in the movement of the product/object. As stated before RSI can affect the arms, elbows and hands, in manufacturing it is more likely that the arms and elbows will be affected with the movement of materials. Unlike assembly lines where speed is a factor the use of force is instead the contributing factor. Using tools such as hammers in the manufacturing process increases the chance of RSI due to the weight of the tool and the movement combined.
Work in the construction sector is often associated with many different work related conditions due to the nature of the work being physical and potentially dangerous. Unlike other work related conditions that appear instantly or have a more appropriate route cause, RSI can be found within all job roles that involve a repetitive motion. In the construction industry this can range from bricklayers to cement mixer users, they both share a manual task that is repeated whether it is by hand or by tool the action is still repetitive enough to potentially injure the employee.
A complete contrast to the manual labour jobs stated above, office work can contribute to the obtainment of RSI as a work related condition. In office work there are different job roles that can contribute such as data inputting and secretarial duties. This type of work is often repetitive in its nature and obviously involves the repetitive use of a keyboard. The issue with office work is that RSI often goes undiagnosed or diagnosed by the individual as Carpal Tunnel (CTS), a condition very common with typing and secretarial work. Similar to assembly lines the aspect of speed regarding typists increases the chance of RSI in the individual. Most of a typists work is based on the ability to type at an increased speed, however because the speed can be continuous throughout the whole working day it can affect the wrists and elbows.
Making a claim for RSI
In all the cases above the most appropriate action to take if you feel you may have RSI due to work is to first notify your employer. This will give them the time to make changes to your work where necessary. If after notifying your employer they take no action then you may have a claim for RSI.
If you decide to make a RSI claim for compensation, Roberts Jackson’s solicitors can expertly handle the case on your behalf. With years of experience running repetitive strain injury claims and a rich understanding of health and safety regulations, our solicitors will be committed to successfully proving your employer is at fault. Meanwhile, we will also work hard to ensure that you are awarded the right amount of compensation for your injury and any inconvenience it has caused. Our solicitors will look after every stage of the claims process so that you can continue to rest, recover and live life normally. We can also tailor our approach to your requirements and offer specialist legal representation when needed.
For further information or to discuss pursuing repetitive strain injury claims with Roberts Jackson, fill in the form on the right, read our repetitive strain injury FAQs or contact us directly on 0800 001 4496.