Everyone has to lift things from time to time. Often you will lift various things at work, and while many of them may be relatively light, others could be heavier. Your job may naturally involve a lot of lifting, or it may only be something you do occasionally. Either way, you may find you suffer a lifting injury if you do not know how to lift something in the proper manner.
This is why so many employers provide manual handling training for their employees. This is a form of training that reveals exactly how to assess a load before you attempt to lift it, and how to make sure you always lift using the correct body position. The idea is to keep your back straight and lift with your legs, so you do not put any undue strain on your back.
How can you suffer a lifting injury?
Injuries like this can occur if you do not lift correctly, i.e. you use your back rather than your legs to take the strain. You can also be injured if you try to lift something that is too heavy. Manual handling training will go through every aspect of this with you, so you become more familiar with the procedure and therefore incur far less risk of injury.
You might also suffer a lifting injury if you are not provided with lifting equipment that could make the lifting process easier. Some items may be too heavy to lift by hand, which means your employer should provide alternative means with which to lift them. This could mean using a pallet truck to move them from one place to another, for example, instead of doing it all by hand.
Make sure you know whether you could claim for an injury
A lifting injury could mean you have hurt your hand, arm, shoulder, back or indeed any other part of your body. If the injury happened when you were lifting something, you have a chance to make a no win, no fee* claim – if there is adequate evidence of negligence to support your case.
To find out whether this is true for you, call Accident Advice Helpline. We’ve provided a free enquiry line for you on 0800 689 0500. When you call this number, you can find out whether you have a chance to make a no win, no fee* claim.
Date Published: February 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead