Lots of people might occasionally be required to lift things at work. This could mean lifting stock or other items, such as bricks or tools, for example. It might also mean lifting a person, in the case of someone working in a hospital or a care home. There are many examples of things that might need to be lifted and moved from one place to another, but in every case, the correct manner of lifting must be practised. The consequences of incorrect lifting technique can be seen in back injuries among other things.
If someone is required to do a certain amount of lifting at work, their employer should provide them with manual handling training. This helps people understand how best to lift certain things, and how to assess the item in order to determine how best to lift it.
While many items can be easily lifted by one person, others cannot. Some are too heavy to be moved even by two people, and in some instances, the correct lifting equipment should be used to ensure no one needs to risk injury.
Assessing what should be done is part of the process of safe lifting. The consequences of incorrect lifting technique can be devastating, including back injuries that take months if not longer to heal, for example. A slipped disc might occur, not to mention the possibility of dropping whatever you are lifting onto your feet, causing damage to them in the process.
What should you do if you have been injured in a similar situation?
If you were provided with ample training but you chose not to follow it, you may not have a good argument to make to be paid compensation. However, if someone else caused the accident to occur, or your employer did not provide ample training when they should have done, there is a chance that compensation might be a reasonable outcome.
Accident Advice Helpline has assisted many other people in claiming compensation for injuries they suffered through the actions of someone else. Could you do the same? Find out today by calling 0800 689 0500 to see whether a no win, no fee* claim could result in a successful outcome for you. It never costs a penny to call, and we only take a fee if you win – and no solicitors’ fees if you lose your case.
Date Published: May 9, 2016
Author: Carly Robins
Category: Health and safety at work