Common Workplace Accidents Day 8, Repetitive Strain Injuries
Reparative strain injury (RSI) is the term given to the disorder which causes discomfort and/or pain in muscles, tendon and nerves and is caused by repetitive motion or overuse.
It is generally a condition that affects the upper body(hands, wrists, fingers, elbows, neck, shoulders). It can happen to manual workers such as those is a warehouse or on an assembly line but can also happen to those who work in front of a computer continuously.
Common causes are:
• Repetitive tasks
• Inadequate break times during the day
• Poor posture
• Badly designed office chairs and keyboards
• Repeated use of vibrating tools
• Heavy lifting
Avoiding Repetitive Strain Injuries at Work
All employers have a duty of care towards their employees to ensure their health and safety in the workplace. There are certain things an employer should do to minimise the risk of RSI for their employees:
• Carry out regular risk assessments to identify potential hazards for those carrying out repetitive tasks
• Provide the correct equipment needed by employees, such as ergonomic keyboards and chairs
• Provide adequate training to employees
• Allow employees to take regular breaks from repetitive tasks