Some jobs involve more manual labour than others. However even if you work in an office there could be good reason to do some lifting work from time to time. For example you might be asked to move equipment from one area to another.
Perhaps your employer has ordered new desks and the computers and printers need to be moved while the old desks are taken out and the new ones delivered, for example.
In another situation you may simply be asked to handle the delivery of various office supplies. You wouldn’t think this would be too difficult, but in reality people have done similar tasks and ended up with injuries caused by lifting incorrectly in the process.
Claiming for office lifting injury compensation
In reality it doesn’t matter whether you are in a job that requires regular lifting to be done, or whether you only do the occasional spot of lifting at work. In every case your employer has a duty of care to ensure you can do your duties safely.
If your employer requires you to take that stationery order in every week or month, they should provide you with manual handling training. This will ensure you know how to lift things properly and can therefore minimise the odds of injury when doing so.
Depending on the amount and type of lifting to be done, it may be that you will require personal protective equipment as well. For example gloves might be required depending on the items you are lifting. These could provide better grip and thus make the process much easier and safer as well.
How can you find out whether you could claim office lifting injury compensation?
Firstly, any injuries you suffered must have occurred within the last three years. You will also need to be able to prove negligence on the part of your employer or another individual.
If you were given manual handling training and you didn’t follow the guidelines you were given, any injury suffered would likely be your fault.
However if you think you do have proof, contact Accident Advice Helpline today. Our free enquiry line, on: 0800 689 0500, could be all you need to ensure you get the no-obligation advice you will be looking for in this situation. A lifting injury could affect your life from now on, so it makes sense to claim if you can.
Date Published: September 12, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead