Repetitive strain injuries are the most prevalent medical conditions in the USA, statistics show the following alarming figures.- RSI affects 7% of the adult population.- 14% of all visits to a doctor are associated with either the diagnosis or treatment of repetitive strain injuries.- Almost 20% of spells in hospitals are due to repetitive strain injuries.- 62% of all RSI sufferers report limited mobility of the joints affected by RSI.- Each individual compensation claim for repetitive strain injury can cost between $20,000- $100,000, with the average claim being settled at $33,000.Again in Canada, statistics provided by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board revealed that similar to the USA, approximately 7% of the population suffered from some form of repetitive strain injury.In Ontario 50% of compensatory claims made to the board were for musculoskeletal disorders associated with repetitive strain injuries sustained at work, and more recent figures showed that RSI’s are affecting a growing number of people, and currently reveal that –- 10% of Canadian workers report that they suffer from some sort of loss of joint mobility resulting from RSI.- Approximately 2.5 million workers over the age of 20 years have reported suffering a repetitive strain injury at some time in their working lives.- Earlier in this decade the number of cases of RSI reported was equally distributed between males and female.- More recent figures show however that there has been a far greater increase in the number of cases of RSI reported by females than males. Perhaps this coincides with the growth of the numbers of computers being used in many businesses, and the proportionate increase in the number of female computer operators being employed?With female computer operators in mind, consider that in a normal 8 hour working day at a typical typing speed of 40 words per minute, then –- About 12,000 keys will be pressed each hour, representing 96,000 key presses each day.- A force of about 8 ounces is required to press each key, which amounts to almost 16 tons of force being applied by the operator’s fingers every day!With this degree of repetitive forceful action, often carried out with minimal beak or rest periods, then it is little wonder that female computer operators are joining the ranks of all other workers involved in repetitive type jobs in suffering from repetitive strain injuries.
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Like I said: the stats on RSI injuries and the amount of compensation paid to individuals are scary (admittedly, I’ve only read on US reports, but still… a lot of cash). So is there anything out there that doesn’t cost the world and deals with that?