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How do repetitive stress injuries happen at work?

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Work-related injuries can take multiple forms. While some work injuries happen as a result of a single incident like a fall from a height, others develop over time as the employee performs the same routine over and over.  

If you sustain a repetitive stress injury (RSI) that is work-related, you may be eligible for financial restitution through a workers’ compensation claim. But what exactly are repetitive stress injuries and how do they happen?

Understanding repetitive stress injuries

Basically, repetitive stress or strain injuries happen when a worker performs a job that results in a gradual build-up of damage to the worker’s musculoskeletal system. These may include injuries to the muscles, tendons and nerves. Left untreated, these injuries can lead to debilitating pain that impacts the worker’s mobility and, thus, their ability to work. 

Some of the most common types of RSIs include tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), Raynaud’s disease, rotator cuff injuries and nerve entrapment disorders. 

Leading causes of RSIs in the workplace

A number of factors can lead to the development of repetitive stress injury. For instance, when a worker handles tasks that mismatch their physical strength, they may develop muscle strains. Here are some of the leading causes of RSIs:

  • Working with poorly designed tools and equipment
  • Using ergonomically unsound furniture
  • Working on repetitive tasks without taking adequate breaks to rest the muscles
  • Working in a static posture for extended periods

Employers have a duty to create safe and hazard-free workplaces for their employees. If you develop repetitive stress injuries that are the direct result of your work, you deserve justice. Find out how proper legal guidance can help you build a strong workers’ comp claim. 

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