reported  yesterday that two beauty therapists working for Virgin Atlantic are suffering from repetitive strain injuries, and are claiming damages from their employer." />

Glamorous RSI?

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The beauty therapist's in this case were undertaking intensive Shiatsu massages on clients, with few breaks. The  massages were already difficult as they had to undertake them whilst the clients were fully clothed  and without the assistance of massage oils. This meant they had to use more foreseeable pressure. This was exacerbated further, they claim, by having to undertake the massage on 'larger' clients.

One of the beauty therapists had always wanted to do this job since leaving school and therefore her dream job has now turned into a painful experience. 

Repetitive Strain Injuries are caused by a repetitive motion, forceful exertion, vibrations and undertaking tasks for long periods of time.

I feel this just goes to show, that sometimes glamorous jobs are not what they seem and can also come with a risk of injury. Risk assessments and preventative measures should always be undertaken by employers for the welfare of their employees.

David Chilcott

Associate of the Institute of Legal Executives - Personal Injury team

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