Kingston upon Thames has a healthy, bustling retail sector. However, the element of manual handling in the retail industry sometimes results in personal injuries being sustained, which is when we here at Accident Advice Helpline are often asked to help people with the raising of their Kingston upon Thames claims for compensation.
The retail sector is an important employer here in the UK, employing approximately 3 million people. While the retail sector is not thought of as being a dangerous industry in which to work, accidents which cause personal injury do happen quite frequently. Common sources of accidents include:
- Slips, trips and falls;
- Manual handling incidents; and
- Incidents involving on-site vehicles.
Advice that could help to avoid some Kingston upon Thames claims
The majority of manual handling injuries result from lifting. Although there are a number of mechanical aids around, such as forklift trucks, a certain amount of manual handling is still required. If members of staff are not correctly trained, they can sustain back injuries.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issue several publications regarding manual handling, in particular correct lifting techniques. Their advice when executing a manual lift is as follows:
- Take some time to think about the lift before proceeding;
- Adopt a stable position, with your feet planted firmly apart;
- Flex your knees and keep your back as straight as possible;
- Keep the load close in to your waist;
- Try not to twist or lean sideways during the lift;
- Keep your head up and look ahead where you’re going;
- Move smoothly; and
- Don’t try to lift anything which is too heavy.
Employers should ensure that all personnel are appropriately trained in the correct way to carry out a lift. Publications from the HSE should be made available for all manual handling staff, and posters displaying the correct techniques should be displayed around the warehouse or store areas.
Call Accident Advice Helpline to help
If you’ve been injured at work in a manual handling incident, and you believe your employer to be responsible for your injuries, then you can employ the services of Accident Advice Helpline, as many people do to help them with their Kingston upon Thames claims. Start off by taking our 30-second test here on this website to establish if your claim is valid in principle, and to get an idea of its potential value.
If you need any help or guidance with any aspect of your personal injury claim, you can get assistance from our customer support team. From a landline, call us free on 0800 689 0500. Call from a mobile on 0333 500 0993, but be aware that you may be charged.
Although there is a three-year statute of limitations on most personal injury claims, here at Accident Advice Helpline we always recommend to our potential claimants that they should launch their claims at the earliest opportunity, so why not pick up your phone and get in touch with us today?
Date Published: 25th June 2014
Author: David Brown