How to be careful when carrying heavy items, and make an injury claim in West Berkshire if something goes wrong
Are you looking to start an injury claim in West Berkshire after you were hurt carrying something heavy? If so, you’ve found the right article to help you, so read on.
Carrying heavy items is a prime cause of back and shoulder injuries, and can also cause less common injuries such as falls purely because you are unbalanced at the time. If you want to be careful carrying heavy items, especially if you have to carry and move items around as your job, you should learn how to carry things carefully and properly, in order to protect yourself throughout the day.
Remember that if you do start to feel pain or discomfort as you are carrying an item, you should put it down as quickly and carefully as possible, and seek medical attention if you feel that you need it.
- Don’t lift anything too heavy for you. Don’t try to impress anyone, or get something done quickly instead of properly, by attempting to lift an item that is simply too heavy for you. Ask for help if you are trying to lift something and feel that it is simply too heavy and will cause you pain or injury.
- Use machinery. If there is a machine or something else available to help you to lift a heavy item, use this instead of trying to carry it on your own. If this equipment is broken, let someone know and get it fixed, rather than trying to do everything manually for the day.
- Be aware of your back and spine. Whenever you are carrying something very heavy, try to be aware of your back and spine and how they are feeling. if you feel any twinges or any discomfort, put the item down and walk away, as it is not worth seriously injuring these parts of your body.
- Carry with someone else. Not only does sharing the weight with someone else help you to move more easily, with less strain on your back and arms, they can help you to move down stairs or around corners without worrying about tripping or having an accident.
Making an injury claim in West Berkshire
If you have been injured when working in any job, you should decide whether or not you are eligible to make an injury claim in West Berkshire. In some cases, there will be no one to blame for an accident, and sometimes you may have been to blame yourself. However, if your employer was to blame for your accident, you may be able to make an injury claim in West Berkshire against them.
You should call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to find out more about making an injury claim. You can also find out whether or not your accident makes you eligible for a compensation payout. The helpline can offer you advice and support, as well as a solicitor to help you to make your claim.
Date Published: 30th October 2014
Author: David Brown