Day: November 21, 2019

Repetitive Strain Injury Claims

Last year, a study commissioned by Acuvue found that office workers in the UK spend 1,700 hours a year working on a computer. They will spend an average of 6 and a half hours a day sitting at their computer or laptop, with many also admitting that they did not take sufficient breaks from their workstation. It’s no surprise that repetitive strain injury claims are on the rise.

With repetitive strain injury blighting the UK population more than ever, steps can be taken to either prevent or improve symptoms. Leading repetitive strain injury expert Dr Emil Pascarelli states that, as long as you treat it early, you should be able to recover fairly quickly. However, it is important that you address your symptoms as soon as possible because ‘if you let the condition progress, you’ll never be the same because of deep tissue scarring…it’s not like a broken bone that mends; the soft tissue is subjected to micro-tearing, and the tissue that replaces it is scarred and more susceptible to injury. So, often, people fall into a vicious cycle of injury and re-injury.’

What are the symptoms?

Some symptoms of a repetitive strain injury can include:

  • Burning, aching or shooting pains in your limbs
  • Weakness or loss of grip in your hands
  • Stiffness and tenderness in your arms, hands or legs
  • Cramp and pain in the affected area
  • Tingling and/or numbness in your hands or fingers

What can I do to make improvements?

It’s important to try and make yourself as comfortable as possible at your workstation and avoid slouching in your seat or typing incorrectly. The NHS has suggested limiting the number of keystrokes that you have to use on your computer or on a portable device with predictive text. Slowing down the speed that you use your mouse can also improve any potential RSI injuries. Make sure that you are using a desk chair that appropriately supports your back and won’t cause any back pain in addition to RSI in your hands and fingers.

The risk of carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a more specific repetitive strain injury and can ultimately involve very painful surgery if you do not prevent and treat any symptoms at an early stage. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs in your wrists and is the result of pressure being forced onto the median nerve, which is a major nerve that is located inside your wrist. It can be caused by frequently bending your wrist, gripping hard or using vibrating work tools. In order to avoid the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome worsening, you may have to wear supportive hand splints while carrying out tasks that aggravate your symptoms.

Which jobs are most at risk of developing RSI?

Office workers are not the only people who are susceptible to developing repetitive strain injury. Another job role that could put you at risk of a repetitive strain injury is being a factory worker who perform repetitive tasks on a production line … Read More...

Successful Strategic Management in Construction

By Michael Tobias

Strategic management in construction is a relatively recent discipline, but it is one that has the potential to greatly improve project performance. Strategic management doesn’t operate in isolation to traditional management in construction. However, while the planning and execution of projects are paramount in traditional project management, strategic management addresses the challenges of operating construction organizations rather than just focusing on the planning and control of resources within individual projects.

There is absolutely no doubt that the construction industry is a driving force in the global economy, even though there is speculation (and some evidence) of a downturn since 2017.

Figures released on November 1 by the U.S. Census Bureau for construction spending during August and September 2019 tipped $1,287.1 and $1,293.6 billion respectively, with the latter figure dropping by $26.1 billion from September 2018. Residential construction has been relatively consistent, increasing from $509,632 billion in May 2019 to $517,977 billion in September. Non-residential construction figures decreased a little from $787,831 in May to $775,637 billion.

More than a million firms of varying sizes operate in the construction industry, offering different services from design to the provision of quality air inside buildings and the installation of suitable energy-efficient appliances. Unlike manufacturing companies that produce items like computers, air-conditioners, or automobiles, the construction industry produces a vast array of unique end products. Traditionally project management has been utilized to do this successfully.

Understanding Strategic Management

A strategy is an overall plan or approach based on an idea or ideas that respond to multiple external and internal influences. Because strategies aren’t based on material science, physics, or mathematics, they don’t contain universal truths than can be documented or proved using theorems. However, strategic management is formalized by logistics, operations, and finance. Human resource management also plays a major role. Additionally, diverse organizations have varied needs and demands that are technical, professional, and strategic.

Furthermore, there are different people in organizations that might take on the role of a strategic manager including trained professionals offering construction, plumbing, mechanical, and electric engineering services in Chicago, New York, Toronto, or any of the world’s big cities.

What makes successful strategic management difficult in the construction industry is that there are companies and people, many of whom have competing interests, all working towards a common goal. Although all highly trained professionals, architects, engineers, and construction specialists, have partially incompatible vocabularies and ways of working. They all work from their own definitional bases, which have similarities but aren’t the same.

As a civil and environmental engineer, Paul Chinowsky states in an article on Strategic Management in Construction published in the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management in 2000, there is a need for “foundational concepts” that include strategy and well as strategic plans and planning, in addition to strategic management. This still applies today.

While individual projects require execution and control plans, management strategies are developed in essentially the same way rulers and military leaders have developed their strategies during war and colonization. … Read More...

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