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Workers' strain injuries increase

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Repetitive strain injuries cost employers an estimated 300m a year

Workers in Devon and Cornwall have some of the highest rates of repetitive strain injuries (RSI) in the UK.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures for 2007 show between one and two in every 100 South West workers are affected by the condition.

In Devon and Cornwall the figures for 2007 are near double the previous year.

Many musculoskeletal upper limb or neck disorders like RSI are caused or aggravated by work.

Employers have a legal duty to prevent foreseeable risks of injury or illness in their workers.

Occupational health

Musculoskeletal disorders are the most common occupational illness in Britain, affecting one million people a year, according to the HSE.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy would like it made compulsory for employers to provide occupational health services.

It said such a move would also benefit employers as RSI is believed to cost about 300m a year nationally.

According to the Federation of Small Businesses, only 6.5% of its members currently provide access to occupational health.

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