Not all jobs require lifting to be done, but those that do should provide proper training to ensure the employees can lift in the correct manner. This training can vastly reduce the odds of anyone being injured as a result of using improper lifting techniques.
Lifting safely at work doesn’t have to be as complex as you might think. For example, it is important to first consider what must be lifted. Is it something relatively light or very heavy? Test the load first by rocking it from one side to the other. This should also help identify any uneven loads. Consider whether you can lift it alone or whether someone else might have to help you. Additionally, make sure you are physically able to lift it. Just because someone else can, it doesn’t mean you can.
Manual lifting or lifting equipment
Sometimes you can easily start lifting safely at work by doing so manually. However, this isn’t always the case. Some loads are too heavy to be lifted in this manner. If you know which loads are too heavy, you can consider the most appropriate type of lifting equipment to use. For instance, a pump truck might allow you to lift and move a pallet by hand. Conversely, a heavier load may require a fork lift truck.
Consider the distance involved in moving something as well. We have all carried things that seemed easy to move to begin with, before becoming heavier and heavier before we reached our destination. If something is too heavy to carry far, or is awkward to lift and carry, always go down the lifting equipment route.
How serious can injuries caused through incorrect lifting be?
They can be very serious indeed. Some people have suffered back, leg and arm injuries as a result of being in similar situations. As such, you should make sure you avoid any prospect of injury if at all possible. An injury caused now could affect you for the rest of your life. Furthermore, if something falls on you because it was not lifted correctly in the first place, it could cause even more serious injuries.
Accident Advice Helpline can advise you on whether compensation might be warranted for your injuries, if you’ve been hurt in a similar situation already. Was someone else to blame? Find out now by calling us on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead