A factory worker has received £3,000 from his employer after he developed a repetitive strain injury (RSI) from his job in its finishing department.

Companies have been warned to take action against allowing such accidents at work to occur after Geoffrey Coleman, 41, suffered a ligament strain in his forearms.

Mr Coleman worked at a factory in Cumbria, where he packed large sheets of paper into a plastic bag with a colleague,which weighed about 50kg when full. The repetitive nature of the product packing caused him to develop RSI.

He has since recovered and returned to work at the factory, but the union Unite reminded employers that risk assessments and rotating workers who are doing repetitive jobs is essential to prevent injury claims

Paul Finegan, Unite's regional secretary, said: "To the company's credit they did all the right things once Geoffrey had been injured. Following the incident they did a root cause investigation, brought a specialist in and highlighted the problems that caused the injury and put a safer system of work in to prevent his happening again."


Contact us

For further information about bringing a work accident claim, please contact Paul McNeil or Andrew Morgan.

All enquiries are completely free of charge and we will investigate all funding options for you including no win, no fee.

  1. You can speak to any member of our Personal Injury team on freephone 0800 358 3848

  2. e-Mail us at personalinjury@fieldfisher.com or,

  3. Complete our short enquiry form.

Activity stream