Who Suffers  


You are not alone! the problem is massive.

- Computer users.
- Gamers .. a huge problem for the
- Machinery and power tool users.
- Sports men and women.
- Manual labourers.

This condition first hit the news about 15+ years ago when it was called Repetitive Strain Syndrome. As it was reasonably new, and related to computer use, it was a hot topic. Now, it doesn't get into the headlines because it's a widely understood problem, but it's still just as common, if not more so.

2.9 million days were lost due to work related upper limb or neck disorders 2010/11, in the UK, there are no NICE guidelines or approved treatments for those disorders which are undiagnosed and labelled ‘diffuse RSI’.

Some boring statistics!

Source - Wikipedia - 'A study showed that 68% of UK workers suffered from some sort of RSI, with the most common problem areas being the back, shoulders, wrists, and hands.'

Source: http://www.rsi.org.uk/ - RSIO awareness website - 'Half a million people in the UK suffered from some form of RSI. 

The problem is increasing principally through the intensive use of computers and other technology that involves large amounts of keyboarding. Posture related health problems are also growing due to the sedentary nature of many jobs.'

Source - The Sun - 'It is among the most prevalent forms of RSI, which causes 5.4million sick days every year'…Source - www.tuc.org.uk - 'Repetitive strain injuries affect hundreds of thousands of workers every year in Britain….

Source: http://www.rsiaction.org.uk/ The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures show 448,000 British workers suffered from MSDs, which include RSI conditions, an increase of 52,000 over the previous 2 yrs. 

It is estimated that 4.7 million working days in Great Britain were lost due to RSI conditions. Informal surveys indicate that 1 in 3 computer users may have the early symptoms of RSI.

Source: tuc.org

Work strain injury victims are being let down

A lack of positive practices to support people with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in work is leaving hundreds of thousands at risk of lost earnings, reduced productive working time and early retirement.

A new study says this is also placing a strain on both household incomes and the UK welfare system. The findings, in a new report published by The Work Foundation, reveal that musculoskeletal disorders are the leading cause of people going onto Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). 'Taking the strain: the impact of musculoskeletal disorders on work and home life' draws on a survey 809 people living with MSDs in the UK. 

It found just over half of employed respondents reported a loss of earnings due to the condition. Threequarters of retired respondents said their condition had influenced their decision to retire, with the majority having left the labour market before reaching the age of 55. 

Of those not in work, 57.4 per cent had been the primary earner for their household before leaving a paid job. And one in four respondents reported concerns about remaining in work due to their condition. 

Ailsa Bosworth, chief executive of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, said: 'The government's reforms are supposed to help people with long-term conditions return to work, but this survey shows people with MSDs aren't receiving the support they need. 

This needs a concerted effort across government departments to incentivise the NHS to get more involved in helping patients stay in work, so that patients and their families keep their heads above water.' 

The study raised concerns about employers reluctance to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate the needs of employees with MSDs. It found one in three respondents reported there had been no adjustment to their working time, work environment, or work duties when they required it.

Source - unison.org.uk 2014

The reality of RSI means that thousands of UNISON members may be at risk of developing long-term injuries if they work with display screen equipment or their job involves constant lifting and manual handling, twisting or turning, or other repetitive work.

They may not be aware of the injuries until later in their working lives, or even after they have retired.

So the union is urging safety reps to use joint workplace inspections on 28 February 2014 to remind employers of their responsibilities, and members of the hazards and how prevent them. 

Safety reps are the best defence against RSI and other workplace hazards – and recruiting more is a good way of union organising too.

Machinery and power tool users.

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Hand arm vibration syndrome, originally referred to as Vibration White Finger (VWF) in the past, is a condition produced by the prolonged use of vibrating power tools in the workplace.  more>>







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