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Revamped RSI database aims to reduce repetitive strain injuries

HSE InfoLine : 14 November, 2005  (Company News)
A new database expanding and updating existing information on important Court judgments in repetitive strain injury cases, will be of direct and immediate benefit to the Health and Safety Executive who funded it, and to legal and health professionals working in the field RSI, trade unions, insurers and designers. The longer term aim is reducing the number of sufferers from this debilitating industrial injury.
A new database expanding and updating existing information on important Court judgments in repetitive strain injury cases, will be of direct and immediate benefit to the Health and Safety Executive who funded it, and to legal and health professionals working in the field RSI, trade unions, insurers and designers. The longer term aim is reducing the number of sufferers from this debilitating industrial injury.

The work related upper limb disorder database has free access to users who register on www.humanetechnology.co.uk/registered/intro.php and provides details of judgments including the factors that Courts considered important in reaching their decisions, the degree of care exercised by employers and the amount of damages awarded to claimants.

It is estimated that in 2004/05 nearly 375,000 people in Great Britain suffered from a musculoskeletal disorder mainly affecting the upper limbs or neck that was caused or made worse by their current or past work. Many working days are lost across a wide range of occupations.

John Price, HSE MSD Programme Manager said: 'HSE is supporting this work as it can use this information to help write guidance, which can be interpreted correctly and consistently by employers, employees and the courts. This database is one of several tools that the HSE can use to help evaluate the effectiveness of regulations and guidance.'

The database will benefit all those with an interest in work-related RSI, including employers, trade unions, occupational health professionals, lawyers, expert witnesses in medicine and ergonomics, insurers, and people with RSI.
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