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In 1995 the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the United States reported that 60 percent of new workplace illnesses were Repetitive Strain Injuries They also found that in 1993 RSIs cost employers 20 billion dollars in workers compensation claims and more than 100 billion dollars to pay for all of the indirect costs of RSIs such as lost work time and decreased productivity Performing the same task over and over again causing excessive and repetitive stress on certain parts of the body cause repetitive Strain Injuries The RSIs caused by computer usage are usually injuries to the hands wrists arms or back of the user There are more than 100 varieties of RSI including tendonitis carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome The symptoms can range from minor muscle soreness or stiffness to extreme pain to inability to flex or move ones hand Serious cases of RSI can even cause permanent damage to a person or require years of rehabilitation Injuries such as these occur when people continue their pattern of computer usage despite suffering from early symptoms such as sore wrists or hand muscles Our question is why do people ignore the early symptoms of RSI We have determined that people have deadlines to meet their lively hood may depend on computer usage or they simply dont believe that simply using a computer can have serious effects on their health Currently the only routinely collected national source of information about occupational injuries and illnesses of United States workers is the Annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor The survey which the Bureau has conducted for the past 25 years is a random sample of about 250000 private sector establishments that provides estimates of workplace injuries and illnesses on the basis of information provided by employers from their OSHA Occupation Safety and Health Association Form Log 200 of recordable injuries and
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