Everyone has the right to work in a safe and comfortable environment; if you’ve been injured in an accident at work or you have a work-related illness, you may be able to claim work accident compensation.
What are the most common work-related injuries for baggage handlers?
Most of us skip off the plane and wait for our luggage without a second thought for the baggage handlers who are behind the scenes, unloading hundreds of heavy bags. Handling baggage is a physically demanding job and often, the hours are long, which means that you are carrying out repeated actions, including heavy lifting, for several hours at a time. Unsurprisingly, common injuries among baggage handlers include back pain, neck and shoulder strain, and overuse injuries, including repetitive strain injury (RSI).
Preventing injuries in the workplace
The job description for a baggage handler requires lifting, but there are safe ways to lift items, and restrictions should be put in place to prevent employees from moving cases that are too heavy. Employers have a duty to ensure that the staff team is trained to cope with the ins and outs of the day to day job, and also to make sure that workers have the necessary information to be able to do their job without risking injury; this includes lifting and handling courses, for example.
All employees should be able to take regular breaks and machinery should be used, where possible, to move bags in and out of aircraft. Shift rotation should also be actively encouraged, so that employees are not doing exactly the same job for long periods of time.
How to make a work injury claim
If you are thinking about making a work injury compensation claim, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline, a law firm with many years of experience in helping people to claim compensation. Your claim will be handed by a personal injury lawyer, who will ask you to provide information relating to your illness or the work accident you suffered, and then manage the legal proceedings. You will need to provide evidence to support your case, which may include witness statements and medical records.
Accident Advice helpline was established to make the process of claiming compensation stress-free and simple; the legal team does all the leg work, most of the information can be obtained via the telephone and the majority of clients never have to go to court.