Sustaining an Injury through Heavy Lifting

Sustaining an injury through lifting a heavy object is one of the most common cause of injuries to British workers. In almost any job, from working in a warehouse to working in an office, lifting heavy objects will form part of day to day work. Employees face the risk every time they lift a heavy object of causing painful and long lasting damage, time off work and psychological distress. Your employer is under a duty to provide adequate training and equipment to prevent any injury sustained through heavy lifting. If you have sustained an injury because you lifted a heavy object at work, then contact us at Manners Pimblett.

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What kind of injuries can I sustain through heavy lifting?

Heavy lifting can cause the following injuries:

  • Injury to the lower back, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands and feet (Musculoskeletal Disorders);
  • Spinal cord injury or crushed limbs, which may cause a life- long disability;
  • Hernia, where the groin is ruptured and the intestine pokes through the opening.

If you have suffered the above through lifting a heavy object at work, or if you have suffered any other injury, then contact us at Manners Pimblett. Remember that your employer has a duty to keep you free from harm during working hours. They should have insurance in place to deal with a claim for compensation. It is your legal right to be financially compensated if liability for your injury is found to rest with your employer.

Who is most at risk?

An injury can be sustained by almost any employee lifting a heavy object. What is heavy is relative to the individual’s strength, for example an office worker can sustain injury through lifting files incorrectly. Employees are at risk when they regularly lift and carry heavy objects as part of their day to day job. For example, warehouse, shop, construction, and farm workers. Carers and nurses are also at risk when lifting patients. Injury can be caused by cumulative lifting and carrying of heavy objects. However an injury can be sustained after a single case of lifting a heavy object incorrectly.

How should heavy objects be lifted?

Your employer is under a legal obligation to, as far as is it reasonably practicable, prevent you from the manual lifting of heavy objects which could cause you injury. If however it is necessary for you to undertake manual lifting that could lead to injury, then your employer should assess all the risks involved and provide adequate training and equipment to reduce the risk of harm. They should take things such as the environment of the work place and the individual’s physical ability into account. Each work place will require different techniques with its manual heavy lifting. If you are under any doubt as to the safety of your work place you need to inform your employer.

If you have sustained an injury through heavy lifting, then you may have a claim. Contact us at Manners Pimblett and our understanding and professional claims advisors will assess your claim. We offer NO WIN NO FEE* agreements on personal injury matters, call one of our experts today for more information. 0845 0770772. 

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