You don’t have to be involved in a workplace accident in order to be hurt on the job. In fact, “wear and tear” injuries, also known as repetitive stress injuries or RSIs, are the most common cause of workplace injuries in the U.S.
That’s because any kind of repetitive workplace activities, from using a computer keyboard or touchscreen, to swinging a hammer, to scanning groceries at a checkout, can cause wear and tear injuries over time. Here are some of the most common causes of workplace RSIs.
Computer use is perhaps the most well-known cause of workplace wear and tear injuries. Many workers develop carpal tunnel syndrome as the result of computer use in the workplace. Even using a computer to prepare invoices or create reports, communicate with customers, or ring up transactions can cause injury.
Using a computer, mouse, or touch screen involves making many of the same motions over and over again, often rapidly, and often without adequate opportunities for rest.
Swinging, lifting, or operating tools can cause incremental damage to muscles and tendons, even if it doesn’t feel strenuous at the time. Using power tools also carries a risk of RSIs, because they typically expose workers to prolonged vibrations that can weaken and inflame muscles and tendons.
Lifting, Reaching, Grabbing, or Pulling
Any job that requires you to grab, lift, reach, or pull objects – even small, light objects – can cause wear and tear injury. Whether you’re a mechanic, a butcher in a meat packing plant, a cashier at a grocery store, a delivery driver, or even a musician, repetitive lifting, reaching, grabbing, and pulling can cause wear and tear injuries.
Contact Experienced Wear and Tear Attorneys Today
As you can see, wear and tear injuries can happen over time causing significant damage. Injuries at work are serious and can end up costing you more than you think. If you or someone you love has been injured at work, and would like to receive more information on workers’ compensation settlements, wage loss, workplace injuries, wage claims, and how to receive workers’ compensation benefits, let us help.
Contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo as soon as possible at (609) 677-1700 or fill out the form online to schedule your free consultation. We can answer your questions and determine the most efficient way to proceed in order to help you and your family obtain the compensation that you deserve.