Work-related injuries received over the long term can be incredibly debilitating. Injuries to discs, ligaments and muscles happen very gradually so that the victim often won’t realise what is happening until they find themselves in a severe amount of pain.
Most often these injuries are caused by manual handling, or rather an incorrect method of manual handling.
The correct training to prevent injury
The correct training can prevent the development of musculoskeletal disorders and other long-term injuries in most cases. Lifting while curving the spine forwards can cause up to four times more stress on the back than lifting with the spine straight, for example.
This one simple piece of advice could save any worker who has to lift heavy objects on a regular basis from suffering agonising pain later in life.
All employees who are engaged in manual handling should be trained on the proper movement techniques for lifting and handling heavy objects including the squat technique, lumbo-pelvic stability, and general posture.
Workers should also only have to engage in manual handling when it is strictly necessary, i.e. there is no machinery that could more effectively perform the task. Furthermore, no worker should be expected to do anything for which they are physically unfit.
Injuries caused by incorrect training
If you have received an injury or developed a long-term disorder due to incorrect training procedures, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. Your employer has a duty to tell you how you should manually handle objects and machinery so as not to cause yourself injury. If the correct procedures were never explained to you, your injuries may not be your own fault.
If you’d like to discuss your particular situation in detail, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. They will be able to give you a good idea of whether or not your injury was due to employer negligence, as well as how much compensation you could potentially claim.
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If you choose to go ahead with your claim, it will be done on a no win, no fee basis, and usually without the need for you to personally attend court.
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown