Back injuries have a habit of flaring up long after they have originally occurred. It doesn’t always happen like this but in any event a back injury can vastly change your life and reduce the number of things you may be able to do.
Injuries like these can prevent you from doing so many different things. They might keep you from work for a period of time while you recover, but in some cases you may not be able to work at all. If the back injury is serious enough (it may cause some degree of paralysis in severe cases for example) there is a chance you could end up in a wheelchair and not be able to work again.
How likely is it that a back injury could occur in a factory?
Most people working in factories do so under safe conditions. Their employers are well-versed in the health and safety laws and are therefore able to take every conceivable measure to prevent injuries from occurring. For instance, if some workers have to work at height, they should be able to do so in the safest possible manner. A harness might be required in certain circumstances, or scaffolding that prevents someone from falling over the side.
This is just one example. Few factory workers will have to work at height. It is far more common to be asked to move things regularly, and this is just as likely if not more so to cause a back injury that could warrant factory back injury compensation to be paid. Manual handling training should be provided as a matter of course, so workers know how to lift things correctly. Perhaps more importantly, they should also know when to avoid lifting something that is too heavy or bulky to lift alone or by hand. These circumstances can certainly lead to a back injury.
Finding out whether you could claim
Back injuries, as we have learned, can be quite serious and prevent you from doing many of the things you may currently take for granted. Even if you make a full recovery from your injury, you may well go through a period of time where you cannot work or do any of the things you took for granted up until that point.
That’s why you should call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 so you can learn more about the potential to claim factory back injury compensation.