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Repetitive Strain Injury at the Workplace

An employee was injured at work due to prolonged exposure as a result of repeated motions. The employee required treatment beyond first aid.

Preventing RSIs:

  • Pay attention to the signals provided by your body and do not ignore any symptoms.
  • Good posture is crucial
  • Stretch before, during and after work shift.
  • Utilize proper lifting technique @ all times, and try to break up heavy lifting so you aren’t lifting all heavy objects back to back.
  • Lift the object gradually; don’t jerk it off the ground, using your leg, abdominal and buttock muscles. Ask you lift, make sure to keep the object as close to you as possible. Tucking in your chin will help keep your back and neck line straight.
  • Vary tasks as much as possible to avoid repetitiveness.
  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is among the most common injuries in the United States.
  • RSIs are conditions associated with repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression and sustained or awkward positions.
  • RSIs come in a vast array of different forms.
  • Each RSI might require different courses of action to treat and prevent.
  • Modern technological devices have caused an upswing in RSIs.
  • Workplace ergonomics can prevent a wide array of RSIs.
  • Ensure employees are evaluated by a Healthcare Provider immediately for reported injuries. 
  • The onsite contractor nurse is available for consultation for personal illness as well as workplace injuries.

 

Consider this example as you complete today’s work activities.

 

If you have questions about this Safety Flash, or would like additional information, please contact Safety Management Group.

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