We all have to lift things as part of our working day. Some things are heavier and more awkward to lift than others. If we have to lift an object it is not just a case of “put your back into it and heave”. In fact, many thousands of back injuries are caused by inappropriate lifting techniques at work every year and some of these give rise to work lifting injury claims.
There are several things that an employer should do to prevent their workers from suffering lifting injuries at work. These are sometimes called manual handling techniques and precautions. If you think that you have suffered an injury when you were lifting something at work you may want to speak to a law firm about work lifting injury claims. If it can be shown that the injury was someone else’s fault (e.g. your employer) then you may be able to claim compensation.
A good law firm like Accident Advice Helpline have highly trained professional advisers who can help you take the unique 30 second test. This will give you an idea about whether your claim will succeed or not. Some of the precautions that prevent manual handling injuries and so reduce work lifting injury claims are given here.
Preventing work lifting injury claims – manual handling precautions
- All lifting jobs should be thoroughly assessed before they are undertaken. If it is possible to avoid the lifting job all together by working in a different way than that is the best method of preventing injuries.
- The environment in which the lift is taking place must be assessed and must be appropriate. Adequate space and lighting etc. must be provided. Hazards such as trailing cables or overhead wires should be remove.
- The shape and weight of the load should be taken into account. Steps should be taken to break the load into smaller parts if possible or to reduce its size so that it is not so bulky.
- Some objects just cannot be lifted and handled by humans alone. Manual lifting equipment must be provided wherever possible. This could be hoists, lifts or trolleys for example. The equipment must always be suitable for the job that it is being used for and every job must be individually assessed.
- It is not enough to just provide lifting equipment and leave it at that. The equipment must be installed correctly and maintained. It must be regularly serviced and checked for faults so that it does not become a hazard itself.
- All staff that are required to use the equipment must receive adequate training to do so and this training will need to be refreshed and updated as necessary.
- If equipment is not provided, staff must be trained in ergonomically correct methods of lifting (e.g. bending knees etc.) so that they know how to protect themselves and others from injury.
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Date Published: 6th October 2013
Author: Sharon Parry