Louth has a long and proud tradition of being home to a bustling independent retail economy. It’s an economy that the solicitors in Louth sometimes get involved with when they’re asked to process personal injury claims for employees who have picked up some sort of injury in the workplace.
When solicitors in Louth get called to action
Working in the retail trade is not considered hazardous employment, yet as with any business environment, accidents do happen; and if an accident results in someone getting injured through no fault of their own, that’s when the solicitors in Louth may get called into action.
Manual handling in the retail trade
Apart from office administration, the only other sort of work in the retail industry is basically manual handling; the receipt of goods on incoming delivery vehicles, storage of said goods in the stores or warehouse behind the scenes, and the topping up of product displays on the shop floor and in shop windows. It’s therefore of little surprise that the most common types of injuries in the retail trade are those that result from slips, trips and falls, and musculoskeletal disorders brought about by manual handling.
One of the most common musculoskeletal problems are spinal injuries. Despite the fact that our backbones are designed to take a surprising amount of weight, if that weight isn’t distributed correctly, and the correct posture is not adopted before and during the lifting process, it’s surprising how easily the human spine can be injured.
Information about the correct lifting technique to employ
A lot of time and effort has gone into the science of correct lifting technique, and it’s something that needs to be passed down to anybody involved in a manual handling role, through appropriate training. The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) publishes a number of books and posters on the subject of manual handling and correct lifting technique. Some are free of charge and can be downloaded from their website. Posters should be displayed at strategic positions throughout the workplace to remind manual handling workers to always employ best lifting practice.
The employer and employee duties of care
Every employer has a duty of care to ensure that employees are able to work in a safe environment. This is partly achieved through carrying out risk assessments. From an employee’s point of view, they too have a duty of care, which is to look after their own health and safety as far as possible, and to follow agreed procedures and adopt best practice.
Accident Advice Helpline specialise in manual handling injury claims
Manual handling injury claims are one of our specialist areas here at Accident Advice Helpline. We handle claims on behalf or workers from all over the UK. Claimants who put their trust in us benefit from:
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Date Published: 17th April 2014
Author: David Brown