‘An Emergency Consultant’s Overview of Occupational Injuries & Repetitive Strain Injury’

For Personal Injuries practitioners and Employment Law advisors, we should know and understand the different types of injuries that our clients can sustain, whether in RTA’s, at work, or in any way caused by the civil negligence or criminal actions of a third party; what occupations and work related hazards result in injury, and what a carpel tunnel syndrome is…or a tenosynovitis…or an epicondylitis even!

In this talk, Dr Jim Gray, a Consultant in Emergency Medicine (EM) firstly discusses the topic of occupational injury, what constitutes one, some common types of injury as well as most common occupations. He reviews the current data from national and international sources. Any employee can get an occupational injury!

He focusses on Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), explains what it is, the most commonly affected areas of the body, occupations and work most at risk of developing RSI, treatments, as well as steps to mitigate the risk of RSI.

Injuries Covered Include:

  • Occupational Injury:
    • Examples – most common injuries.
    • Common occupations.
    • Data national / international.
  • Repetitive Strain Injury:
    • Examples on bodymap:
      • carpel tunnel syndrome
      • trigger finger
      • de Quervains tenosynovitis
      • epicondylitis
      • rotator cuff tendonitis etc.
      • elaborating on the common RSI pathologies
    • Common occupations/ work hazards
    • Treatments
    • Prevention
    • Employer obligations
    • Employee obligations


Dr Jim Gray is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine (EM). With extensive experience having worked in EM in both the UK and Ireland, he is a medico-legal expert witness in all aspects of injury and trauma.

Graduating in Medicine at TCD in 1996, Dr Gray trained initially gaining Surgical Membership and Associate Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in 2001 followed by higher training in the UK gaining a Fellowship of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) in 2006.

He returned to Ireland in 2006 taking up an EM Consultant post at Tallaght University Hospital and completed the Post–Graduate Diploma in Forensic and Legal Medicine at UCD in 2012. Dr Gray currently works as an EM Consultant at the University Hospital Limerick Group and the Blackrock Health Galway Clinic as well as medico-legal clinics at Cherrywood in Dublin.

Dr Gray lectures and attends courses and conferences regularly keeping abreast of current trends, clinical practice and continuing professional development. He is an Adjunct Senior Clinical Lecturer in EM at the University of Limerick as well as a Senior Examiner for the Royal College of Emergency Medicine in London, UK.

Dr James Phelan Gray MB, BCh, BAO, BA, AFRCSI, DFLM, FRCEM

Category of CPD: Category A (General)
Duration: 0.75 Hours


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