One of the main causes of back injuries at work is incorrect lifting or handling of objects. Here is a brief guide to safe lifting procedures designed to prevent manual handling accidents at work.
Prevent lifting-related work injuries by planning your lift carefully. Consider where the load will have to be placed; whether you will require help or lifting aids and, if lifting from the floor up to shoulder-height, resting your load midway (like on a table or bench) to allow you to adjust your grip on the load.
Avoid manual handling accidents by clearing the path along which you have to carry a load from all possible slip or trip hazards and:
- Keeping loads close to the waist
- Adopting a stable position (feet apart, with one leg slightly forward)
- Make sure you have a good grip on your load
- Never bend you back while lifting
- Never twisting while lifting
- Keeping your head up
- Moving smoothly
Knowing your limits and never attempting to lift and/or carry loads that are too heavy for you will assist in preventing workplace accidents.
Safe lifting techniques
Your employer should have provided you with training in safe manual handling procedures, and posters showing how to safely handle, lift or carry goods should be displayed at strategic locations to remind you of these procedures. You should also be provided with the necessary lifting equipment to ensure your health and safety when having to deal with very heavy or awkward loads.
Your rights as an employee
Should you sustain a manual handling injury because you were never given manual handling training or were expected to lift or carry loads exceeding your capabilities without help or suitable lifting equipment, you could be entitled to make a claim for work injury compensation.
Claiming for compensation
Start your industrial injury claim by making a freephone call to 0800 689 0500 Accident Advice Helpline. Our advisor will ask you to provide some details concerning your work accident to confirm your entitlement to claim before getting an in-house solicitor assigned to your case on a no win no fee* basis. All of the details you provide will be handled with strict confidentiality. The assigned solicitor will have many years of experience in handling work injury claims, ensuring your claim will be settled as quickly and efficiently as possible. There is even a possibility of your claim coming to a successful conclusion without having to go to court, although differences in claim circumstances make it impossible to guarantee this.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice