Back injury at work
Back injuries account for around 20% of all workplace absences and cost the economy at least £10bn each year. Ironically, back injuries can be caused by your working conditions and if you have been injured in this way, you may be eligible to claim compensation from your employer.
Common back injuries caused by unsafe working environments
Back injuries caused by unsafe working conditions or practices include:
• Chronic back pain
• Muscle, tendon and ligament strains and sprains
• Trapped nerves
• Slipped spinal discs
• Broken bones
• Degenerative conditions, such as arthritis and tendonitis
Causes of back injuries at work
The majority of back injuries at work are caused by lifting and carrying heavy loads. Repetitive motions such as twisting, stretching and bending can also damage your back over time.
Physically-demanding professions are associated with the highest incidence of back injuries, including those in the construction, agricultural and healthcare sectors. However, the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, which imposes strict limits on the amount of weight you should be asked to carry over the course of a shift, should protect you from harm. Under these regulations, your employer should provide a mechanised solution to lifting heavy loads by hand. Where manual handling is completely unavoidable, your heavy lifting tasks should be risk assessed and fully supervised. Your employer should also provide you with manual handling training.
Claiming for a back injury at work
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have considerable experience of instigating back injury at work compensation claims. We have represented clients with back injuries sustained through lifting boxes, stacking shelves and working in uncomfortable positions, to name just a few.
We are proud to have a reputation for providing specialist back injury compensation claims advice, having successfully represented injured workers across a wide range of industries. Provided your claim relates to an accident that has taken place in your workplace in the last three years, we will be able to put you in touch with a trained back injury solicitor, who will handle your case on a 100% no win, no fee basis and will maximise your chances of being awarded a large compensation settlement.
To receive free legal advice relating to your specific back injury at work, call our Freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile in confidence or use our 30-second test.
Date Published: 6th August 2013
Author: Jan Newell