Surge in injury cases

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 February, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 February, 2000, 12:00am

The number of employees diagnosed by a workers' health clinic as suffering from repetitive strain injury (RSI) increased sevenfold last year.

The Hong Kong Workers' Health Centre diagnosed only 10 cases at its clinic in 1998 but the number rose to 74 last year.

About 83 per cent of sufferers were middle-aged women, it said, adding that the overall number of RSI sufferers could be far greater.

But according to Labour Department figures, fewer cases were reported over the same period.

In 1998, 71 RSI cases were recorded, but only 54 last year.

'Many workers will not report injuries to the authorities because they fear they will lose their jobs once the department goes down to their workplace to conduct an investigation,' the centre's programme co-ordinator, Karen Hui Yu-ling, said.

Clerks, computer users, domestic helpers and retail industry employees were most at risk, she said.

Ms Hui warned sufferers could develop serious health problems if immediate treatment was not sought.

The centre will stage a forum on Sunday as part of a day of international awareness on RSI.