In many jobs you may be asked to lift and carry a heavy item. However, what if it was your job to lift heavy items, should you be given training in order to prevent an accident at work?
Training to prevent a work injury
If your job involves a lot of heavy lifting then your company should offer you training in how to lift these objects. There are a lot of health and safety guidelines in place to protect workers. However, your company should not expect you to lift more than you physically can carry. In this instance you should ask for someone else to help you. Alternatively you could use a pallet truck or similar vehicle if your company has one.
How much of a work injury can carrying heavy items cause?
The answer to this is that you can sustain a severe work injury if you carry a heavy item incorrectly or an item that is too heavy for you. These work injuries could be anything from a pulled muscle to something much more severe such as a slipped disc.
With training from your company you can be shown how to lift heavy items safely and correctly in order to help prevent a nasty accident at work occurring.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you’ve had an accident at work and you have evidence that suggests you weren’t at fault, Accident Advice Helpline can help you secure the compensation you deserve. Equipped with a expert team of lawyers with over 15 years’ experience, we can assist you in the claims process and make it as simple and as stress-free as possible. In many cases, we are able to settle client’s claims without them having to step a foot in a court room.
There are a number of requirements that your claim must satisfy such as being within 3 years, having sufficient evidence (ie; witnesses, documentation) and proof of negligence but if you have any questions or wish to discuss a potential claim, give us a call on our freephone helpline. Manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can feel at ease knowing that you have someone to talk to. Call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Alternatively, to find out if you could be eligible to make an accident claim, go online and take our simple 30-second compensation calculator.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown