Back pain is one of the most common complaints among workers in the UK. If you have experienced back injuries at work, or you’ve developed pain following accidents at work, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation.
What causes back injuries at work?
Back pain is common in office workers, labourers, construction and warehouse workers and healthcare professionals. Pain may occur acutely following a work accident or come on gradually as a result of uncomfortable working conditions or placing prolonged strain on the muscles and soft tissue in the back. Poor posture, lifting and handling heavy objects and standing for long periods of time are all common causes of work-related back pain.
If you suffer from back pain, you should report this to your employer and they should make reasonable efforts to make you feel more comfortable. It is also a good idea to arrange to see your GP; if you have severe back pain, it is likely that they will refer you to a specialist for further investigations.
Preventing back injuries at work
All UK employers should comply with the latest health and safety guidelines in order to protect employees and reduce the risk of work injuries. Steps that should be taken to reduce the risk of back pain include:
- providing suitable equipment, such as supportive chairs and adjustable desks to promote good posture
- encouraging regular breaks
- providing lifting equipment, such as trolleys and forklift trucks, for heavy objects
- ensuring staff members have the relevant training to lift safely
- performing risk assessment on a regular basis and recording all accidents
If you’ve been injured at work or you suffer from work-related illness and you would like to claim work accident compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline’s 24-hour number or visit our website to see if you have a viable work injury claim and get an idea of how much your claim could be worth.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is a reputable law firm which employs personal injury lawyers with extensive experience in work illness claims. If you had an accident in the last three years and you have proof that you were not to blame and your employer displayed negligence, you have the right to claim compensation for your injuries. A payout could help to cover lost earnings and provide assistance with household bills and medical costs.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice