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Mobile working increases the risk of RSI

Lack of ergonomic equipment to blame

According to Microsoft, mobile working has increased the risk of repetitive strain injury (RSI).

Research conducted on behalf of the tech giant suggests that nearly seven out of 10 office workers suffer from back, wrist, hand or shoulder pain while three out of 10 have noticed an increase in aches and pains since they started mobile working.

"We are shocked that this research indicates that the number of office injuries is on the increase due to companies not taking the right actions in investing in their staff's well being," said John Allen, managing consultant at The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

The survey also highlighted that a third of those suffering RSI symptoms did not realise this was work related. When injuries were reported to HR managers, 68 percent did nothing.

One of the major factors in the increase in injuries is companies not replacing existing office equipment with ergonomic hardware designed to reduce the risk of RSI, according to the survey.

"This issue needs to be addressed and companies should start assessing the risks and investing in ergonomic solutions where they are needed," added Allen.

"Clearly, there is an enormous lack of understanding about the need for ergonomics within the work environment," commented Sophie Barnave-Gaffney from Microsoft.

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