How to Lift Properly and Avoid Back Injuries

Workplace injuries are responsible for many thousands of sick days every year and millions of pounds worth of loss of earnings for the employees involved. The number one injury sustained in the workplace is the back injury and many of these can be avoided if the correct procedures are followed. The main cause of back injury is, without a doubt, incorrect lifting techniques. Even a relatively light box of documents can damage your back if you lift it the wrong way. Employers have a duty of care to help their workers avoid such an injury and should provide sufficient manual handling training as a matter of course.

Why Do Back Injuries in the Workplace Happen?

In a typical workplace scenario, there are two main reasons for employees enduring some type of back injury. We have already mentioned the dangers of incorrect lifting techniques, the other reason is poor posture whilst sitting or standing whilst working. Your employer needs to ensure that all employees understand how important it is to follow posture techniques correctly. Adequate facilities need to be in place in order to minimise the risks of back injuries as a result of poor posture. If your daily routine involves any amount of lifting packages, you will need to learn how to do this activity correctly. If you feel that your health is ever at risk due to your employer’s negligent attitude, you can call Accident Advice Helpline for a free and confidential chat.

Manual Handling Training

Manual handling training is a very important part of workplace health and safety procedures; even employees that rarely need to lift heavy objects should be allowed to attend these courses. On the manual handling course, you will learn exactly how to lift objects without risking any injury to your back. Before you lift any type of object, you should plan ahead and ensure that your path is clear. If you are lifting with another employee, agree on the plan and don’t risk injury due to bad communication issues. When you pick up the object, ensure that your knees are bent and your back is straight. Hold the object close to your body, as this allows your actions to be more stable overall. Keep your feet shoulder width apart and take short steps when carrying the object to its destination.

You will learn these techniques on a manual handling course, and if your employer does not agree to book your place on an appropriate course, you may be putting yourself at risk in the future. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping individuals claim for financial compensation since 2000. If you have been injured at work and feel it is due to your employer’s negligence, please don’t hesitate to call.

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