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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Five tips on lifting without risk of injury


    If your work involves lifting heavy items then it is imperative that you have a solid technique to promote lifting without risk of injury, and prevent myriad accidents at work.

    Sometimes lifting may not be a part of your day-to-day duties but you are called upon to move something or help out; this can often be even more dangerous because you are not used to the effort required.

    Getting it right: Lifting without risk of injury

    The following suggestions will help you to prevent any problems:

    • Tip 1: Plan your lift – Work accidents can be avoided by taking some time to consider the best way to move the object. Approach it in a thoughtful way, creating a clear path and considering places to rest.
    • Tip 2: Have a solid technique – Keep the load at waist height, make sure you have a solid grip and don’t bend or flex your back. It is also important to keep smooth movement and the head up to reduce pressure on the back.
    • Tip 3: Don’t strain – Attempting to lift things that are too heavy can cause injury in the workplace. If possible split the load into smaller parts. Know your limits and ask a friend for help if necessary!
    • Tip 4: Use the proper equipment – If it is a particularly big load then maybe some lifting gear would be useful. From a simple strap to a more advanced winch or harness, even the biggest loads can be moved with the right kit.
    • Tip 5: Pause if you need to – If you need to adjust, lower the load and make the changes you need. It is better to put it down, and start again that having an accident at work.

    What to do if I become injured

    Of course, even with these precautions, heavy lifting can lead to accidents at work so it is worth knowing that Accident Advice Helpline has friendly advisers available by Freephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm specialising in personal injury compensation and can help you after any work accident. Our lawyers work on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee basis and will address any work-related injury that you have sustained in the last three years.

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    To claim work accident compensation after lifting injuries, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500.

    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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