Accident Advice helpline have been contacted by many workers who were interested in starting an injury at work claim. They feel that they have been injured at work in an accident or incident that was not their own fault and many feel that they are suffering both physically and financially as a result. They feel that a Canterbury injury at work claim via Accident Advice Helpline will be the best method of getting the compensation that they deserve.
Some of the workers who are considering starting a Canterbury injury at work claim are working as cleaners and they have suffered a musculoskeletal injury at work that was their employer’s fault.
A Canterbury injury at work claim for a musculoskeletal injury
A musculoskeletal injury is an injury that is caused by a strain, a sprain or overuse. This type of injury can affect the muscles, joints and nerves. Cleaners find that their back, neck, shoulders and upper limbs are particularly at risk. The injuries caused in this type of incident can range from a moderate backache to slipped discs. Upper limb disorders, tenosynovitis, pain, numbness, swelling and tingling in the hands and wrists are also very common. The injured worker frequently finds that the injury is caused or made worse by work activities.
The UK has a huge musculoskeletal injury problem and the problem is being caused at work! This type of injury is the most common form of work related ill health in this country. There is an estimated 12 million working days lost each year through musculoskeletal disorders caused or made worse by work with sufferers taking 19 days off on average. This is bad news for workers and for the employers as well. They lose an employee for several days (or weeks) and may also become involved in a Canterbury injury at work claim.
Why are cleaners at risk of musculoskeletal disorders?
Cleaning work is demanding on the body and is termed labour intensive. Changes within the industry mean that cleaners increasingly work to very tight time schedules. Some of the tasks involve heavy manual work and this can put a strain on the cleaner’s heart, muscles and other tissues. During their working day (or night) cleaners often work in awkward postures for long periods and this can cause long-term damage to muscles and joints.
Cleaners have to use heavy machines like floor polishers. They also have to carry out a lot of hard manual work including mopping, wiping surfaces, polishing, moving rubbish bags, furniture and equipment. Employers don’t always help – buildings are rarely designed with cleaning in mind so issues such as access, location of taps and storage facilities can make things more difficult for the cleaner.
Date Published: 13th December 2014
Author: David Brown