If you work in a physical role, it’s important that you learn to lift properly. Manual handling accidents are among the most common in the workplace and they can cause injuries from the most minor to the most debilitating. If you work in Enmore and you have injured yourself lifting at work, it could be that your employer did not take steps to ensure your health and safety. In which case, you could have a strong case for compensation and you should discuss your accident with an injury solicitor in Enmore or other specialist to establish your eligibility.
Guidelines for lifting:
If you can avoid manual handling, you should. Some people may not have this option, but if you have the opportunity to move a load with an aide, you should take it. Your options may be to fully mechanise the moving of the load with a machine, use a feed-handling system or other mechanical device to help you lift and carry heavy loads. If you are asked to transfer a weight manually that you are not comfortable with, you can refuse. The Health and Safety Act 1974 states that employers have a duty of care for their own health and safety and that of others. If you are not being looked after, it’s time to look after yourself.
If you cannot avoid manual handling, assess the situation. How heavy is the load? How high or low does the load need to be lifted? Is there sufficient grip on the load? Is there anything in your environment that could obstruct the process? Is the load an odd size or otherwise going to be difficult to manoeuvre? It’s important to take your time with any manual handling and to assess the situation, to ensure your own safety. You should also consider how much lifting you have done over the past 24-hours and how much energy you have, as this could impact how much weight you can reasonably support with your body.
The guidelines for lifting as are such; 25kg for men and 16kg for women. You may feel comfortable lifting more than this, but it isn’t your job to do so – anything over 25kg is best handled by a mechanical lifting aide. If you can make the load lighter or less bulky, this is another option. If you have been injured lifting at work in Enmore, discuss your case with an injury solicitor in Enmore or a national firm like Accident Advice Helpline. They will look into the nuances of your accident and ascertain your eligibility for you and give guidance on the next steps.
Accident Advice Helpline
Although we don’t have an injury solicitor in Enmore specifically, we can still help. We are a national law firm so we help people across the UK.
For more information or to get started with a claim, discuss your case with Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 – this will put you through to an experienced claims advisor who, should you wish, will put pass your case onto one of our highly experienced solicitors. Rest assured that your case will be handled with the utmost care.