A number of work-related tasks never seem dangerous to the ordinary observer. From typing to answering calls, scanning barcodes and working in a warehouse or assembly line, these routine activities are, by all accounts, non-dangerous. Unknown to most employers and employees, however, movements that involve these activities can lead to what is known as repetitive stress injuries (RSI).
Repetitive stress injuries or cumulative trauma disorders refer to a group of injuries that a worker develops due to repeat trauma to certain body parts. Repetitive stress injuries are specifically attributable to the following work habits:
Basically, poor posture happens when your body rests in a non-neutral position. This happens when you routinely bend, stoop, twist or strain while performing your day-to-day tasks. For instance, prolonged use of non-ergonomic furniture can put a strain on your spine, thus, resulting in lower back pain. Likewise, having your computer in an improper position can strain your neck. Over time, poor posture affects the blood supply to the body resulting in RSI.
Most tasks involve some degree of force. However, if the force you need to complete your daily tasks is subjecting your tendons, muscles and joints to a strain, then you may develop a repetitive stress injury over time.
Protecting your rights
Every occupation has its share of risks and hazards. If these hazards lead to repetitive injuries over time, you may be eligible for compensation through your employer-sponsored workers’ compensation program. Learning more about Florida’s workers’ compensation laws can help you pursue the benefits you are entitled to if you develop an RSI at work.