Repetitive stress injuries (RSI) can happen on the job. You could be eligible for workers’ compensation as a result. These injuries can afflict any worker who has a role that requires them to make similar physical motions over and over, day after day, during an extended period of time. Such injuries can potentially be “disabling.” Your muscles can get damaged from this kind of constant use.}
Some common RSIs include bursitis, lower back discomfort, tendonitis, rotator cuff issues, carpal tunnel pain and myofascial wear-and–tear.
What are some factors that typically cause RSIs?
Actions or situations that are job-related and can result in RSIs:
- Carrying heavy items
- Being emotionally stressed
- Working in chilly weather
- Not having sufficient break time
- Frequent use of tools that vibrate
- Lifting objects
Certain professions tend to put workers at risk for RSIs. These include hairdressing, welding, construction work, farming, custodial jobs, plumbing, office work, nursing, electrical jobs and culinary jobs such as those held by bakers and chefs.
There are some ways to reduce the likelihood of RSIs
Taking a few proactive measures like these can reduce the chance of getting an RSI:
- Give your eyes and fingers an occasional rest from looking at a computer monitor or typing
- Check to see that OSHA safety guidelines are adhered to
- Learn techniques for lifting objects without straining
- Take enough time out from your work during the day
If you have an RSI from doing your job, you may want to consider filing a workers’ compensation claim. Make sure that your documentation is complete and accurate.