More workplace RSI compensation claims expected
Experts have called for more to be done to protect workers from repetitive strain injury (RSI) with Health and Safety Executive statistics showing that cases rose by 86,000 in one year.
The figure, which reveals that RSI affects not just office workers but construction workers such as painters and carpenters, rose to 115,000 last years costing the UK economy £300m a year in lost working time, sick pay and administration.
According to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy the condition, which includes a range of work-related upper limb problems that can affect the hands, wrists, necks, arms and upper back, is still not being taken seriously.
Lee Carnall of Irwin Mitchell solicitors said: "Repetitive strain injury is a condition which is on the rise in the workforce. This may be because employers do not understand the risks in allowing their employees to undertake excessive repetitive or manual heavy lifting.
"There could also be a shortage of knowledge as to what steps to take to limit/vary employees work to lower the risks of contracting a repetitive strain injury.
"In the event that you suspect you suffer from a repetitive strain injury you should report this to your employer immediately and contact your GP. If you advised that you may suffer from a permanent condition you should contact a solicitor for legal advice."
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If you or a loved one has suffered from repetitive strain injuries, such as bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy and vibration white finger caused by conditions at work, our solicitors could help you claim compensation. See our Industrial Disease Claims page for more information.