How do cleaners develop RSI?
Cleaners can be at risk of developing repetitive strain injuries due to the very nature of their work. Typically, cleaners will work on a variety of tasks ranging from general cleaning duties in shops, offices and schools to specialising in areas such as carpet, furniture and upholstery cleaning. They may also work on building exteriors, being involved in routine cleaning or for one-off requirements such as the removal of graffiti.
Inside buildings, the work typically includes operating machinery such as vacuum cleaners and floor polishers – for example, in offices, hospitals and passenger vehicles. These duties can be quite physically strenuous, in the case of house or squat clearances.
When cleaning, there is a considerable amount of repetitive arm, wrist and hand movement. The shoulders and back may
also be affected. This type of repetitive upper body movement can, if repeated every day, lead to overuse of the associated tendons and muscles.
It has been established that repeated daily actions of this type and operating machinery that vibrates are both predisposing factors for RSI. Additionally, working in cold temperatures is thought to be a contributory aspect. Cleaners who repeat a similar range of movements such as polishing and rubbing down surfaces throughout most or all of their working day are therefore prone to developing the condition.
Regular breaks from this repeated activity are important, so tasks should be varied if possible. Particular effort should be made to avoid using the same muscles and tendons constantly as if not, the risk of developing RSI is likely to be higher.
What can I do about it?
If you or a loved one is working as a cleaner and experiencing symptoms of RSI, you might be entitled to make a claim for compensation. If you’d like to speak to a member of our team, please call 0800 028 2060. Alternatively you can request a call back at a time convenient for you here.
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