Factory worker wins RSI damages

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The Independent Online
A former clothing factory worker whose job left her permanently disabled and in constant pain was last night celebrating a pounds 54,000 award. Sewing machinist Michelle Hardy, 26, of Jarrow, south Tyneside, won the out-of-court settlement after Claremont Garments accepted liability for the tenosynovitis - repetitive stress injury - which has prevented her from working since 1991.

Ms Hardy's fight has come to an end as 10 other textile workers, several of them also employed by Claremont, which has several factories around north-east England, prepare to battle for compensation for similar problems at Newcastle County Court next week. No one at Claremont Garments was available for comment.