Most jobs involve some sort of lifting or moving of objects around the work place. The correct term for this, in regards to health and safety, is manual handling. Sadly, this very innocent sounding task can result in very nasty injuries – back sprains are just one of them. If you have suffered a lifting injury in Huddersfield whilst you were at work then you should have a think about whether it was your employer’s fault. If this is the case, you may be able to start a personal injury claim for compensation and we here at Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with that.
How did you get your lifting injury in Huddersfield?
If you work in one of the caring professions, it is highly likely that you will need to move frail, elderly or ill patients from one place to another. Typically, a patient will need to be moved in and out of bed, into and out of the bath and into and out of a bathroom. This adds up to a lot of lifting.
An employer is required to assess every lifting task that you have to perform in order to protect both your own health and safety and the dignity and safety of the patent. If this has not been done, and you have been injured as a result, you may be able to start a personal injury claim for compensation.
If you work in any other profession, the same rules apply. If you are a builder, waitress, factory worker or an administrator, there will still be things that you have to move around. If the task is not risk assessed correctly it can cause problems.
Employees should be provided with the correct equipment (hoists, trolleys etc.) and training (manual handling training) to carry out the lift safely.
A lifting injury in Huddersfield after a manual handling incident can range from a slightly strained back to a ruptured disc or even worse. Some people are left with permanent back pain after a lifting injury and this impacts their ability to work for the rest of their lives.
If this has happened to you in the last three years, and it was your employer’s fault, you should get in touch today to talk about starting a claim for personal injury compensation.
Contacting Accident Advice Helpline
Take the first step towards a successful lifting injury claim by picking up the phone and calling us here at Accident Advice Helpline. You can reach us on 0800 689 0500 from your landline or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Give us a call today.
Date Published: 2nd November 2015
Author: David Brown