Anyone wishing to launch manual handling accident claims in Basildon may very well want to avail themselves of the services that we provide here at Accident Advice Helpline. Manual handling injuries that occur in the workplace are one of our specialities and you are welcome to draw on our knowledge and experience in this field to ensure your claim is registered correctly; is processed as quickly as possible, and stands the best chance it can of winning you the compensation you deserve, always assuming of course that the accident or incident that took place and caused the injury was no fault of your own.
Manual handling in the retail trade
By far the largest amounts of manual handling accident claims in Basildon, and all over the rest off the UK, we process are on behalf of clients who fulfil a manual handling role in the retail trade. This usually involves working in the warehouses behind the scenes and includes things like shelf stacking, moving consignments of products around, and loading/unloading delivery vehicles. Sometimes people are in collision with the delivery vehicles themselves, or the forklift trucks that are running in and around stores; but the largest volume of industries by far are musculoskeletal injuries, particularly back injuries.
Planning a lift to avoid back injuries
Most back injuries are brought about by employing incorrect lifting technique. Although it’s a relatively simple operation, your employer should provide basic manual handling training, with particular attention paid to the right way to go about manually lifting a load. Here’s a quick checklist of things that should be reviewed before any manual lift is undertaken.
- Is manually lifting the load the only option?
- Can mechanical aids such as hydraulic trolleys and/or forklift trucks be used instead?
- Before carrying out any lift by hand, it must first be planned correctly.
- Is the weight of the load known?
- How many people are required to carry the weight?
- Is the package easy to handle, or does it require breaking down?
- Is the movement area clear of any obstacles?
- Is the receiving area prepared to accept the package?
The mechanics of a manual lift
It’s must also be borne in mind that when tackling any manual lift workers should:
- Bend the knees
- Keep their backs as straight as possible
- If more than one person is being used to handle the lift, ensure someone takes charge and that all actions are coordinated.
Strange as though it may seem to some people, there is no recommended maximum weight that any one person can lift. It is left to the common sense of both management and workforce.
Processing manual handling accident claims in Basildon
When claimants use our services to process manual handling accident claims in Basildon, they not only benefit from our experience and expertise in this area, they also benefit from:
- The no-win, no-fee service we operate that comes highly recommended by Dame Esther Rantzen.
- Use of our free 30-second interactive HOW MUCH compensation calculator.
- Our unrivalled customer support service.
- Use of our free helpline: 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile.