Lifting injuries are a common occurence in the work place and arise for a variety of reasons including poor training, technique or a failure to use a mechanical means of lifting which would have avoided the need to lift altogether.
How Lifting Injuries Happen
It takes only a single accident to sustain a lifting injury where an employee lifts a box and sustains injury. Lifting injuries can also arise when an employee repeatedly lifts a load over and over again. Hernias are most common in the groin and abdomen area although they can occur anywhere between a person’s chest and hips.
Safeguarding Employees From Lifting Injuries
Clearly, when undertaking any sort of lifting it is necessary to take good care but the law places an employer under a duty to ensure, as far as possible, that lifting is eliminated which is not essential.
If the lifting cannot be avoided altogether then the employer must give appropriate training so that the employee is able to carry out the task safely.
The employer will also be expected to carry out risk assessments to identify the nature and extent of the risks involved and ensure that any risks can be kept to an absolute minimum.
If the employer does not adopt and implement an appropriate health and safety policy employees will be exposed to a greater risk of suffering lifting injuries.
If a lifting accident does occur in these sort of circumstances then clearly the chances of succeeding with a lifting claim will be that much higher.
- We have been dealing with lifting injury claims for years and have a huge amount of experience in this type of claim.
- We would be delighted to answer any questions you may have relating to your lifting injury claim and to assess the likely prospects of success.
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