Back pain is one of the most common ailments in the UK and it is often associated with poor posture, lifting and handling and accidents at work. Many industries carry a risk of back injuries, from construction and office work, to labouring, warehouse work, shelf-stacking and removals. If you’ve been injured at work and you were not to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation for your injuries.
Supermarket and warehouse workers commonly experience back pain due to lifting and handling; here are five heavy loads, which may contribute to work-related back injuries and supermarket accidents:
- Bottles: carrying and stacking bottles can place strain on the neck, shoulders and back. If you have a large number of bottles to transport or stack, make sure you use a trolley to carry wine, spirit, cordial or pop bottles and a step or ladder to help you place them on the shelves at the top and reduce the risk of a work accident.
- Pet food: pet food is notoriously heavy, especially when you are trying to carry trays of 12 or more tins or large bags of dry dog food. Always lift with your back straight and your knees bent and use lifting equipment for heavy items.
- Tins: lots of food items are stored in tins and while this helps to preserve them for longer, it also adds to the weight of your shopping. If you are working in a supermarket or you are doing your shopping and you need to move tins, use a trolley and ask for assistance with lifting.
- Cat litter: bags of cat litter are usually much heavier than they look, so take this into account before you try and lift the bag onto a shelf or from the shelf into a trolley. Take care when lifting heavy items into the boot of the car and ask the assistant at the checkout to scan the item’s barcode while it is in your trolley to save you lifting it onto the belt.
- Toiletries: many supermarkets now stock an extensive range of toiletries and bottles, tubs and tubes can be weighty; take care when transporting trays or boxes and check the weight on the side of the pallet before you attempt to lift it.
Claiming compensation for a supermarket accident
If you’ve suffered work injuries in a supermarket and you believe that your employer was to blame, you may be eligible for work injury compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline via the telephone on 0800 689 0500 or via the website for no win, no fee* information about making a work accident claim.