If you work as a courier, you could drive a car or a van, or you might work as a motorcycle or bike courier. Whatever the case may be, you could be in a position to suffer one or more injuries through the course of your working day. There are many common hazards in the courier industry, and while simple steps can be taken to help couriers avoid injury, there could potentially be situations where they end up being harmed in some way.
Health and safety is very important in this industry, just as it is in every other industry you can think of. However, the potential hazards could be argued to be more obvious in the courier industry, because of the nature of the work that is done.
Out on the roads
Whatever mode of transport you use in your courier work you will be on the roads throughout the day. You will make frequent stops and regularly be delivering goods or letters to customers, as well as possibly picking things up while you work, to be delivered elsewhere.
While the risks are small, you have a chance of being potentially injured in an accident on the roads. You might also be hurt while lifting items that are heavier than you should really manage on your own. Larger deliveries should be made with appropriate lifting equipment, to make it easier for the goods to be delivered in the first place. Musculoskeletal injuries can potentially occur quite easily in this work and are common hazards in the courier industry, if health and safety rules are not followed and risk assessments aren’t completed.
Could you be entitled to claim?
The idea of claiming compensation is still a strange one to some people. However, if you have been injured while doing your job and you were not at fault for that injury, there could be proof of negligence that indicates someone else was to blame. If so, a quick call to Accident Advice Helpline could prove this was the case.
All you need to do is call 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, we also have a free online test that takes less than one minute to complete. This could be the fastest way to get the answers you have been searching for regarding your own injuries which have been caused by common hazards in the courier industry.
Category: Health and safety at work