RSI in the Office
The day-to-day job of data entry administrators and programmers involves heavy use of a computer which is a common cause of repetitive strain injuries.
The first thing to consider is the large amount of typing involved in these types of jobs and how this can place administrators and programmers at a greater risk of developing a repetitive strain injury. Repetitive actions such as typing mean that workers aren’t fully flexing their hands and instead fingers are ‘scrunched up’ for long periods of time. It is for this reason that office-workers are at an increased risk of developing RSI.
Data entry administrators and programmers are based at a desk for the majority of their day and therefore also at risk of developing RSI as a result of their posture. There are many aspects of the work environment to consider. First, it is important to ensure that the worker’s screen is positioned at an appropriate height to avoid any neck, back or shoulder strain. The screen should be set at eye level so that the worker can look straight ahead and avoid any strain. Secondly, the height of the worker’s chair must also be adjusted to ensure that they are not looking up or down at their computer screen which could also lead to a neck, back or shoulder strain.
As the work of data entry administrators and programmers does largely consist of typing it can be repetitive and therefore it is vital that workers take regular breaks to avoid the onset of RSI. If possible, workers should go for a short walk to stretch the joints and ensure they do not become susceptible to the onset of RSI.
What are my legal options should I develop RSI?
If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of RSI and your work is predominately office-based, 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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