Control over work can reduce work-related injuries, RSIs

By Laura Cassiani
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/15/2001

New research on repetitive strain injuries and other work-related musculoskeletal disorders suggests that giving employees more of a say in choosing office equipment and giving them greater control over their work can reduce the number of work-related injuries.

A four-year research study of RSI and WMSD looked at more than 1,000 employees at The Toronto Star newspaper, including reporters and office-workers, and found that improving mutual understanding between rank-and-file and management is one way to reduce the number of work-related injuries. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders are an aggregation of disorders of muscles, tendons and nerves which are caused or aggravated by work. More than half of the respondents in the study said they experienced some sort of pain in the upper limbs.

The study also found that the more psychologically demanding the work, the more likely workers are to suffer an RSI.