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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

    Moving heavy goods in a house without causing injury

    When moving heavy goods in a house, good manual handling procedures are vital to prevent personal injuries. Here are some of the basics.

    Think and plan

    Before moving heavy goods in a house, consider where the load is going, how to minimise the carrying distance and whether you will require help with the load.

    It is important here to prevent potentially long-term back injuries by assessing the weight of the goods to be moved carefully and never lifting/handling more than you can easily manage. If in doubt, prevent lifting accidents by enlisting help or using a carrying/lifting aid.

    Lifting heavy goods

    Next, remove any potential slip, trip or fall hazards from the route and consider where to rest the load (a bench or table) midway to change grip in case of a long lift, then follow these steps:

    • Stable starting position: stand feet apart, one leg slightly forward (to help maintain balance). Be ready to move your feet while lifting to maintain your stability.
    • Firm hold: if possible, hug the load as closely to your body as you can, rather than just gripping it tightly with your hands.
    • Posture: bend your knees, hips and back slightly rather than stooping (fully flexing your back) or squatting (fully flexing your knees and hips). Avoid flexing your back further while lifting.
    • Keep it close: keep the load as close to your waist as possible with the heaviest side closest to you.
    • Keep it straight: Avoid leaning sideways or twisting your back, especially while it is bent. Keep your shoulders level and facing the same way as your hips. Move your feet to turn, rather than simultaneously lifting and twisting.

    Moving heavy goods in a house

    Having raised the goods, keep your head up and look ahead to ensure you can see where you are going to prevent trips and slips. Make your way to where the load is going by moving smoothly, without snatching or jerking to avoid accidental injuries. Finally, always drop the load before adjusting its positioning.

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    Accident Advice Helpline

    If your work involves heavy lifting heavy, your employer must train you in safe manual handling techniques and, if necessary, provide suitable lifting aids. If you suffer an injury at work because your employer failed to do this, you could qualify for work injury compensation.

    Our in-house lawyers can help you get the compensation you are entitled to. Call our 24-hour helpline on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile or 0800 689 0500 from any UK landline now to enlist our help.

    Date Published: February 20, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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