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What is RSI?
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Repetitive Strain Injuries From Work

RSI in Painters & Decorators

Painters and decorators can be at risk of developing a repetitive strain injury due to the repetitive tasks they are engaged in on a daily basis. Duties of painters and decorators include stripping wallpaper and paint, preparing surfaces with primer and undercoat, mixing paint by hand to the correct shade, and painting or varnishing surfaces with a roller or brush.

Another major cause of RSI is poor posture. Quite often, painters and decorators will find themselves needing to work in an awkward position, which could cause them to strain the muscles and put them at risk of RSI. Most commonly, painters and decorators must work at awkward angles when a ladder or high platform is needed to get to otherwise out-of-reach locations such as ceilings. If the platform is too high this can also cause problems, as the painter finds that he must crane his neck at an uncomfortable angle in order to maintain good visibility. This could also have an impact on the back and shoulders.

When decorating a ceiling, a painter will often find him or herself stretching up for extended periods of time with one arm while maintaining balance with the other, putting further strain on the muscles. Even when not actually painting, the decorator may be reaching up to attach coving or ceiling roses and this also puts them at risk of RSI.

Some painters work on the side of large buildings, bridges or ships, removing old paintwork and applying a new coat with industrial paint spraying equipment. Although safety harnesses and cradles are normally used, it is inevitable that this type of work will also lead to some awkward working positions.

What can I do about it?

If you or a loved one works as a painter or decorator and is suffering with symptoms of RSI, you might be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Visit our dedicated website at or call 0800 028 2060 to speak to a member of the team. Alternatively, you can request a call back at a time convenient for you here.

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Claiming For Repetitive Strain Injuries

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If you are unsure if you have a claim for your repetitive strain injury, then call our team for free, no obligation advice on making a claim. They will ask you some simple questions about your exposure and will be able to tell you if you have a claim or not. Call 24/7 0800 028 2060.