There is no doubt that some jobs are more physical than others. However every worker, regardless of the industry they work in, has a right to be safe in the work they do. Health and safety regulations state that the employer has a duty of care towards every single person who works for them. As such they must do everything they can to provide a safe and efficient workplace.
In the case of baggage handlers, you can probably imagine how labour-intensive the work can be. While conveyor belts and other means of moving luggage and other heavy items are used, many baggage handlers still have to do a certain amount of manual handling. In this case there is a chance they could develop injuries from manual handling tasks over time.
Twisting, turning and lifting
Any one of these activities could result in someone sustaining an injury of some kind. In some cases it might be a simple strain that resolves itself in a short period of time. In other cases it could be a more serious muscle tear, or problems with the back or the arms or hands.
This is why as many people as possible should be trained in how to handle heavy items manually. Manual handling training should be a required part of the training process for everyone working in this role. If you do this job and you’ve been hurt in the last three years, and you never received manual handling training, you could have a chance to seek some baggage handler injury compensation.
Injuries are rare
We should point out that the majority of people in this industry are injury-free. Employers recognise the importance of adhering to the law and of providing a safe workplace at all times. However things can potentially go wrong, and someone could suffer repetitive strain injury or even a lower back injury sustained from lifting something too heavy.
If this is familiar to you, why not get in touch with our team today? Here at Accident Advice Helpline you might be surprised at how many people have already been helped by us. You can find out more about your situation more easily than you might think too, simply by calling 0800 689 0500. One call puts you through to our experts and one of our lawyers could end up taking your case for baggage handler injury compensation as well.