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5 February 2014 / personal-injury-news
Many people have a perception that health and safety in the workplace is solely focused on preventing accidents. However, one of the most common types of work injury is not caused as the result of an accident but by the physical strain connected with prolonged hours of sitting, making repetitive movements and overusing your muscles. In fact, according to the NHS, one in every 50 UK workers has a reported repetitive strain injury (RSI) condition and numbers are increasing; National Accident Helpline data shows a 66% increase in reported RSI injuries compared to the previous year.
Such musculoskeletal injuries are painful and can greatly interfere with an individual’s effectiveness at their job. However, in most cases, these injuries can easily be avoided with good office ergonomics.
The key to preventing such work-related injuries is to ensure that your workstation is ergonomically correct to promote good habits and posture. Not doing so can make you susceptible to injuries caused by stress and strain on your muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, blood vessels and spine.
Russell Atkinson, managing director of National Accident Helpline, states: “It’s important to ask yourself questions when you’re at work such as ‘am I making the same movement often?’ or ‘do I have the correct tools to do my job and do they fit my needs?’ Doing so can help prevent or alleviate a range of painful musculoskeletal injuries to your body.”
There are many things to consider when it comes to good office ergonomics. Evaluate your work station and determine whether your desk is at the correct height and whether your keyboard is positioned in a way that helps avoid hand injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
At National Accident Helpline, we’ve created a useful infographic with some tips on how to make your work environment comfortable and convenient without making costly changes.
Remember, if you have suffered from a work injury that wasn’t your fault, we’re here to help. Call National Accident Helpline and speak to one of our legally trained advisors.
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