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    How to safely move a sofa upstairs


    Moving furniture is a strenuous, demanding task at the best of times. Moving a sofa up stairs is even more challenging, and, if not done correctly, represents a high risk of work injuries.

    Preventing accidents at work

    Sofas can vary significantly in shape and size. To make matters worse, every set of stairs is different. Some are straight, but have low ceilings, while others may turn corners; be particularly narrow, or have railings with protruding elements on which the sofa or parts of it may snag. Planning the move before trying to get the sofa upstairs is therefore necessary in order to prevent potentially serious work accidents.

    Back injuries at work

    To prevent work-related back injuries, it is important to get help and, if at all possible, use a dolly or place a blanket underneath the sofa and slide it up the stairs, rather than lifting it all the way. Planning the move of a sofa will clarify how best to angle the sofa in order to prevent handlers remaining in awkward positions (handler at the top) or shouldering the weight (handler at bottom) for too long.

    Legs, cushions and other elements

    Removing legs, cushions and other elements of the sofa that increase its width and may snag on railings will also aid in making the task a little easier and prevent damage to the sofa or injury while moving a sofa. If the furniture to be moved is a sofa bed, it is important to remove the mattress and strap the folding frame securely down to prevent it unfolding during transport.

    Industrial injury compensation

    If you were injured at work because you were not provided with the necessary equipment or help to safely move a sofa up stairs, you may qualify for work injury compensation.

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    Claiming for compensation

    You can initiate a claim for injury compensation by contacting Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. After your initial, free call, you will be offered the services of one of this law firm’s specialist solicitors. Handling your claim under a conditional fee agreement, this experienced professional will most likely be able to conduct most of the necessary procedures over the phone.

    No guarantees

    As each claim is subject to different circumstances, it is not possible to guarantee how long it will take for any given injury compensation claim to be settled, whether it will become necessary to attend court or how much compensation will eventually be awarded.

    Date Published: May 1, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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