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How to Prevent Repetitive Stress Injuries at Work

Posted on : April 10, 2016

RSIs, or repetitive stress injuries, account for 1 in 4 work injuries, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to OSHA. Preventing RSIs is key to keeping employees healthy and injury free. Contrary to popular belief, this is not difficult to do. Here’s how you can reduce the chances of receiving a repetitive stress injury at work and what to do if you or a loved one were hurt on the job.


Examples of Repetitive Stress Injuries


Repetitive stress injuries occur because the body becomes stressed or strained when in the same position for too long or engaging in the same movements over and over. The most common RSIs include but are not limited to:


  • Elbow strain, or “tennis elbow”
  • Damage to vision or hearing
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome or wrist strain and discomfort
  • Back pain or injuries to the lower and upper spine
  • Stress or injury to joints, including bursitis or tendonitis
  • Knee injuries


Unlike with injuries caused by sudden accidents, repetitive stress injuries develop slowly over time. Symptoms may be mild at first before progressing to the point when an individual can no longer perform their job duties.


The Prevention of RSIs

Employers have a responsibility to reduce the chances that employees who engage in repetitive motions will sustain an RSI. Taking into account ergonomics, the needs of the body and adjusting the work area or the job itself to meet the needs of the body is critical.


For example, an employer with several office employees should ensure that his or her employees have ergonomic chairs with low back support and computer equipment that supports the hands and wrists during extended computer use. An employer who has individuals who lift heavy boxes regularly, such as in the shipping industry, may provide lifting belts, educational classes on how to properly lift, and can ensure that his or her employees have regular breaks.


What to Do If You or a Loved One Are Suffering From a Repetitive Stress Injury


If you or a loved one are the victim of an RSI, it’s important to contact an experienced work injury attorney. At the Wanko Law Firm, LLC, we can help you learn more about your rights as an injured individual and can assist you in filing a claim for compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages relating to the injury.


Call today for a consultation to discuss your case in detail at (985) 893-6530.