Lifting injuries, or manual handling injuries, have the potential to be very serious, causing chronic pain and problems in the back, shoulders and neck, with pain that can radiate to the arms and legs. Lifting at work should be done under controlled conditions – that is, employees should receive training to ensure they know the correct way to lift heavy or bulky objects, and equipment should be provided (such as trolleys or lifting equipment) where necessary. Some of the most common causes of lifting injuries can be avoided by adhering to simple health and safety regulations that will keep employees safe.
Have you suffered lifting injuries at work?
Common causes of lifting injuries at work include:
- Lifting heavy loads without receiving proper training from your employer – for example failing to bend your knees when lifting and injuring your back
- Tripping over hazards when lifting and carrying heavy or bulky items, which could lead to serious injury
- Injured by objects falling from height that are being lifted by somebody else or lifting equipment
- Faulty lifting equipment dropping bulky or heavy items on to you, causing head, back, neck or shoulder injuries
- Lack of lifting equipment to help you do your job safely
Lifting injuries can include injuries to the back, shoulders and neck which have the potential to be serious. Chronic back pain may lead to taking time off work, affecting your earnings and ultimately your family’s finances. When making a claim for personal injury compensation with Accident Advice Helpline, we’ll take into account any loss of earnings you have suffered after sustaining a lifting injury at work.
Should you make a personal injury claim?
There’s no need to feel worried about claiming personal injury compensation if your employer has been negligent. Employers have liability insurance in place to protect them in the event of a claim by an employee, and you won’t lose your job. If they have been negligent and you have suffered injuries as a result, you’re entitled to make a claim.
Whether you’ve been affected by some of the common causes of lifting injuries or you have been injured in some other type of workplace accident, you can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for confidential, no-obligation advice. Our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so however you have been injured, you can afford to make a claim with us. Get in touch with us today to find out more about making a claim.
Date Published: May 13, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton
Category: Health and safety at work