When you think of work injury claims then perhaps you think of spectacular falls from a height or unexpected slips on greasy floors. These two scenarios can certainly end up as a work-related claim if the employer is found to be to blame. However, a work injury claim can also arise from something as seemingly innocent as an uncomfortable working position. Accident Advice Helpline can provide a solution if you’ve been hurt at work in Bolton and require compensation.
In fact, an uncomfortable working position is not innocent at all! It is a serious occupational health and safety issue that can result in a nasty musculoskeletal disorder – this is an injury of the joints, muscles, ligaments or tendons. If you suffer an injury of the arms or hands it may be called an upper limb disorder and the effects can be extremely painful and debilitating.
Have you been hurt at work in Bolton due to awkward working positions?
An uncomfortable working position could be moving the arm to an extreme position. This would be needed when working above head height, for example. It can also be working with a very bent elbow, or holding something in the same place for a period of time. Many employees may be exposed to this type of hazard and it is up to the employer to control the risks.
Employers should avoid an injury claim by designing workplaces and equipment with the employee in mind. They should also consider providing platforms, adjustable chairs and foot rests and suitable tools. It would also help if they arranged the position, height and layout of workstations so that they are appropriate for the type of work that is being carried out there.
If you feel that you employer could have adopted the above methods to prevent your upper limb disorder but they did not bother to do so then you may want to talk to Accident Advice Helpline about a compensation claim. This is a type of personal injury claim that is made against an employer when an employee is injured. It involves the employer having to pay a sum of money to the injured employee. The money is called compensation. The employer may pay it themselves or they may have an insurance policy which will make the payment – it is called an employer’s liability insurance policy.
An injured employee can claim for their actual injury and for the money that they have lost because they have been injured. If you keep your receipts and invoices for things like extra child care, personal care and household help then these can be entered into your claim. Accident Advice Helpline will work efficiently and sensitively to get you the compensation that you deserve if you’ve been hurt at work in Bolton and it wasn’t your fault. Get in touch today by calling us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 13th December 2014
Author: David Brown