Since spinal injuries can be so serious, it makes sense to avoid sustaining such injuries in the first place. Anything we can do to work on spinal injury prevention must surely be a good thing – something that will prevent others from being injured in potentially life-changing ways in the future.
While the workplace is a very safe place to be, regardless of the industry in question, there are potential risks and hazards that crop up in all places. The working environment is no different. So, if we can work out how to reduce those risks, in line with health and safety advice and support, we can reduce the odds of anyone suffering spinal injuries.
Practical spinal injury prevention steps
Since prevention is the main issue here, we must focus on risk assessments. These are designed to identify potential hazards of all kinds, so we can take appropriate steps to get rid of those hazards, or at least to reduce them as much as possible. For example, a fall from height could easily result in a spinal injury, so making sure people only work at height when necessary is a good idea.
Additionally, those who do work at height should have the proper safety equipment to make the task easier. For example, a harness may need to be worn; proper scaffolding and barriers could be erected to ensure there are no open areas a person could fall from; and risk assessments of each job can be done to look for and identify any other potential hazards that could lead to spinal injuries.
Have you already suffered a spinal injury?
If you have, spinal injury prevention will be too late for you, although it could help others. You may now be receiving treatment for your injury, and considering your future. If a full recovery is possible, you could get back to the job you did before. However, some people end up having to switch jobs or quit work altogether.
Whatever situation you are in, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500, or from a mobile phone on 0333 500 0993, to discover whether a no-win, no-fee claim could be begun in your name. One of our solicitors could agree you have a good case for compensation to be received, and if so, they could accept your case on this no-risk basis.
Date Published: January 25, 2017
Author: Rob Steen