Published: Friday 31 January 1997

A us computer firm, Digital Equipment Corporation, was ordered to pay $5.8 million as compensation to three office workers who blamed their repetitive strain injury on keyboards manufactured by the company. It is the first computer firm in the country to be held responsible for any musculo-skeletal disorder. Hundreds of cases had been filed earlier for injuries related to keyboards. The 18 cases that had come to trial had gone in favour of the manufacturers. In Digital's case, the court upheld the plaintiff's claim that the company had not warned them about the potential danger of keyboards.

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