It is a mistake to think that back injuries are a necessary hazard for anyone who performs manual handling as an integral part of their daily duties. With the right equipment and training, all back injuries can be avoided.
According to the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, all employers have a duty to protect their employees from harm while they are at work, and that includes the sort of cumulative harm that happens over a long period of time.
Proper training to prevent back injuries
The spinal column is one of the most complex and vulnerable parts of the human body. Made up of 24 articulating vertebrae, the spine is positioned in a perfect curved S shape that lets us balance. It is very easy to cause one of these vertebrae or the soft tissue that lies in between each bone to move slightly when lifting heavy objects. Even slight movement of these parts can then press into the surrounding nerves, causing severe pain.
Luckily, however, there are correct procedures we can use when lifting and carrying heavy objects that put pressure on the strongest parts of our spine, thereby allowing us to avoid injury. When lifting a heavy object, we should face forward, bend our knees, and then lift the object up using the force of our legs rather than the spine. There are correct procedures for every kind of strenuous movement, and anyone who has to perform manual lifting on a daily basis should be trained in all of these.
What to do if you have been injured at work
If you have been injured due to a lack of training or through having to perform duties for which you were physically unfit, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation.
Back injuries can be particularly debilitating and can result in serious financial hardship through sufferers having to take time off work, change their lifestyles, and sometimes even find a completely new line of work. Personal injury compensation is designed to help sufferers to deal with the financial fallout of their injury or illness.
For more information, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to discuss your particular situation in detail and give you an idea of whether or not your claim is likely to be successful as well as how much compensation you could potentially receive. For an even quicker guide, complete our 30-second online claim test.