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Statistics of Computer Related Injuries:

A Bangalore survey found that over 50 percent developed CRI within one year of starting their IT career, clearly suggesting a lack of knowledge about CRI and how to protect their body from injuries.

The commonest predisposing ergonomic factors were lack of appropriate breaks (86 percent); improper monitor height (60 percent); keeping the mouse at a higher than recommended height (54 percent); resting the arm or wrist on a hard surface while typing (42 percent); and keeping the keyboard too high (40 percent).

It was found that out of 50 HR departments of IT and IT Enabled companies surveyed in a study in June 2003 by Express Computer only three had HR Policies for RSI. Furthermore, only seven companies had conducted RSI awareness programmes, [Express Computer]

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CRI affects mental and physical well being and impairs productivity. Unlike many other work-related situations that effect health, however, CRI can be virtually eliminated by taking a few simple, inexpensive precautions. With a large number of people using computers daily and the number growing each day, such steps are well worth it.



A study conducted in India on a sample of 650 people in computer-dependent careers, (average age was 27 years and ratio of males to females was 4:1) revealed that:

• 55% developed CRI symptoms within a year of beginning computer-dependent careers.

• 76% reported at least 1 symptom.

• 60% of those with severe injuries reported neck and shoulder pain and stiffness.

• 6 software engineers between 25 and 35 years with CRI symptoms had to give up their career.

• Recent studies have shown that using computers for three hours a day at a stretch can prompt health risks such as Occupational Overuse Syndrome OUS, Computer Vision syndrome CVS, tension headaches, low back pains and psychosocial stress. Intensive studies are being conducted to explore ways and means of coping with computer -related injuries that are gradually increasing, as reports from all over the world seem to suggest.

• Back injuries account for one third of all workplace injuries.

• 10 years ago back injuries were associated with heavy lifting. Today they are caused by people sitting in front of computers.

• A 1998 survey showed RSI has increased by 22% in a couple of years.

• In the early 1990s the average age of workers reporting carpal tunnel syndrome was late 30s to early 40s. Now it has dropped to mid-20s and even younger.

• In Bangalore, India, results of a study among more than 1,200 IT professionals (2001-2003) suggest that over 75 percent of those studied reported CRI symptoms of varying severity. (https://www.medindia.net/patients/lifestyleandwellness/computer-related-injuries.htm)

Graph depicting percentage of symptoms in CRI suffers

It was found that out of 50 HR departments of IT and IT Enabled companies surveyed in a study in June 2003 by Express Computer only three had HR Policies for RSI. Furthermore, only seven companies had conducted RSI awareness programmes, [Express Computer]

A study says 950 patients countrywide, found three out of four people reporting CRI. "Though the syndrome has just begun to be noticed here, worldwide CRI accounts for the loss of nearly 25 million man-hours per year".


(Source: Times of India March 26, 2003)

Another study says, "Nearly four out of 10 patients complain of CRI and most of them are young professionals in the age group of 25-40".

CRI affects mental and physical well being and impairs productivity. Unlike many other work-related situations that effect health, however, CRI can be virtually eliminated by taking a few simple, inexpensive precautions. With a large number of people using computers daily and the number growing each day, such steps are well worth it.

Thus CRI forms a major problem area related to occupational stress. It is growing menace and studies have reported the tip of iceberg. If is thus mandatory for health professionals to find out the depth of iceberg which has to be rectified at an appropriate time.

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