How much is RSI costing your business?

Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are among the most common workplace injuries – the TUC (Trade Union Congress) has stated half-a-million UK workers have reported symptoms that add up to a collective loss of 5.4 million working days each year.

Added to that, six workers will leave their job every day due to chronic RSI.

It’s estimated this costs UK industry anywhere between £5 billion and £10 billion every year.

What is RSI

RSI is a term for the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons that is caused by repetitive movement and overuse, usually in the upper body, especially the hands, wrists, forearms, elbows, shoulders, back or neck.

RSI is caused by prolonged repetitive activity, which can be anything from working on an assembly line, on a shop checkout or even just regularly typing on a computer and using a mouse.

Symptoms can vary, and may first only be recognised while the activity is being carried out, but often include the following:

  • pain, aching or tenderness
  • stiffness
  • throbbing
  • tingling or numbness
  • weakness
  • cramp

Counting the cost of RSI

This infographic from Penclic, manufacturers of ergonomic equipment, sums up just how damaging to business RSI can be…


Ergonomic input devices

Image source: Posturite
Image source: Posturite

The Penclic B3 costs £80, The innovative pen grip mice create a relaxed and natural working position and counteracts health problems like Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), obtained from using a traditional computer mouse.

Image source: Posturite
Image source: Posturite

The K2 Keyboard costs £55 is compact in size and allows you to position your hands to help reduce Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) issues from occurring. The comfortable quiet-touch keys minimise noise and require little typing effort.