Some jobs involve far more lifting than others, but in each case the workers who are expected to do the lifting should be properly trained in how to do it properly. A lack of awareness and training in this area is the reason why some people end up suffering from office lifting injuries.
You may not think too much needs lifting in an office, and on a day-to-day basis you’d be right. However if a delivery turns up – perhaps including a new printer or several reams of paper – someone will need to bring it into the office and unpack it.
Five reams of paper may not sound like much but you’d be surprised how heavy a box containing this amount of paper can weigh. As such you need to know how to lift it properly.
Avoiding office lifting injuries
The crucial thing to remember is knowing how to avoid getting these injuries in the first place. It is possible to injure your fingers or hands, or perhaps your back if you lift something incorrectly.
You should also know how to test the weight of something before attempting to lift it. In some cases you may not be able to lift it on your own; you will either need someone else to help you or you will need lifting equipment of some kind.
Proper training will reveal everything you need to know. Your employer has a duty of care to ensure you get this training if you are ever required to lift anything in or around the office. It is a simple step but it is one that can avoid many of these types of injury taking place to begin with.
Could an injury cause prolonged problems for you?
Yes it could. Some people have ended up suffering from problems over the course of many months or even years as a result of lifting something in the wrong manner.
If you were never provided with training to help you cope with such a task, you could have a good case to make to ensure your compensation claim meets with success.
It still helps to have professional assistance in this way though. For example you can call 0800 689 0500 to get in touch with an expert at Accident Advice Helpline. We have the experience you need to determine whether your fall was really someone else’s fault.
Date Published: August 13, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead