Some workplace injuries are suffered by victims of serious accidents and unexpected events. For example, when a trench collapses at a construction site, Texas workers may suffer a range of injuries as they are pulled from the debris of their accident. However, many workers are hurt every year in a much more subtle way. Rather than becoming victims of big events, they suffer harm from doing their jobs over and over each day.
A repetitive stress injury is one in which a body part is used over and over and wears down over time. A worker who must operate a single piece of equipment to do their job may suffer this form of harm if the action of using their tool forces them to move in a repetitive manner. Additionally, office workers who spend much of their days at computers may suffer repetitive strains in their hands and arms from typing at desks.
Repetitive stress injuries are generally not life-threatening but they can be significant. The pain that one may develop from a repetitive stress injury can be severe and may limit what they are able to do. Medical treatment and physical therapy may be needed to ensure that a person's repetitive stress or strain is properly treated and recoverable.
When workers get hurt on the job, they may want to discuss their cases with attorneys who support workplace injury claims. Employers should offer their workers safety training and the right equipment to do their jobs without risking their own health. Whether a worker operates a crane, jackhammer or computer, they should be given the opportunity to find safe and effective ways of completing their work-related tasks.