Working as a delivery driver, removal man, warehouse assistant or other job which requires manual handling can be risky for a number of reasons.
You’ll normally be lifting fairly heavy loads, and this means it’s imperative that your employer provides you with manual handling training, so that you’re aware of how to lift heavy items safely, reducing your risk of injury.
Received incorrect lifting instructions at work? You could be eligible for a personal injury payout if your employer has failed in their health and safety responsibilities. When lifting heavy items, you not only need to ensure you bend at the knees rather than doubling over from the shoulders, you also need to assess whether the item is something you can lift safely alone. There are a number of things to bear in mind – and it’s up to your employer to teach you these things during training at your new job.
Often employers skip training to cut corners and save time and money. But training such as manual handling is essential as without it, workers could become injured. Incorrect lifting instructions may mean you pull a tendon, ligament or muscle in your back – you could even sustain a serious rupture or tear which requires surgery and may never fully heal.
Your employer should provide you with training and ensure you have access to the equipment you need for lifting heavy pallets and loads – such as a fork lift truck, if necessary.
Call Accident Advice Helpline if you believe your employer is responsible for your accident – we’ve helped hundreds of workers claim personal injury compensation after sustaining back, neck and shoulder injuries in the workplace, and we can help you too.
It’s free to call us and our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, so you don’t need to worry about expensive legal fees.
What have you got to lose?
There’s no obligation to proceed with a claim when you call Accident Advice Helpline for advice, and with 15 years’ industry experience, we’re used to helping all kinds of people claim compensation for a wide range of workplace accidents.
Your employer has a responsibility to keep you safe, and by failing to provide training they are in breach of health and safety regulations.
They could be fined and ordered to pay you compensation for your pain and suffering – as well as the effect your injuries could have on your future and your ability to return to work.
Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 today and get confidential advice and answers to any questions you have.