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Heavy Lifting at Work Claims

About Heavy Lifting at Work Claims

In most jobs lifting can be an essential part of it, our experienced work accident solicitors will help you get the highest compensation for your heavy lifting work claims. There is a range of procedures that must be kept in place to avoid accidents whilst heavy lifting. It is the employer’s responsibility under the Health and Safety Act of 1974 to ensure that these procedures are always kept in place. If you have experienced a heavy lifting accident at work, we highly advise you to speak to one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side, to guarantee you get the highest compensation possible. Heavy lifting accidents consist of 19% of overall workplace accidents reported by employers in 2019/20.

Common heavy lifting claims

It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the safety of the staff when lifting heavy objects. Whether heavy lifting is a part of your everyday job, or it is a one-off situation; correct procedure must be enforced to guarantee safety during the act. However, accidents due to negligent behaviour can happen, and the most common ones concerning heavy lifting include:

  • When insufficient training is provided on the heavy lifting procedure, the workers may do it incorrectly, leading to the straining of muscles, causing a lot of damage.
  • Spinal injuries are caused by the weight being too heavy or the way it was lifted.
  • Back sprains, wrist injuries, shoulder injuries and muscle pulls are caused by carrying heavy objects incorrectly without training and carrying objects that are too heavy.

These are usually caused by two main factors:

  • Incorrect training on how to lift heavy objects. Staff must be given the correct training to ensure that they lift heavy objects correctly. There are specific ways in which objects should be lifted to avoid injuries and to minimise strain.
  • Individuals lifting above the limit, leading to injuries. The guideline limit for men lifting is 25kg and 16kg for women, the weight should be adjusted depending on how the load is being lifted. If the employer allows the staff to go above that limit, it can be extremely risky and lead to serious injuries.

Injuries can occur instantly or over some time and can have short and long-term implications on your daily life. If you have experienced any form of injury due to heavy lifting, we advise you to contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side now.

Employers Duty of Care

Under the Health and Safety Act of 1974, it is the employer’s duty of care to ensure the safety of their staff whilst at work. They must enforce a range of procedures to ensure safety at all times, these include:

  • Adhering to the Health and Safety Act of 1974.
  • Carrying out necessary risk assessments always and ensuring that if any errors or dangers are detected, they are resolved as soon as it is possible and in a good manner.
  • Providing all safety equipment to ensure that the staff is always as safe as possible, in this case, a back brace, to aid heavy lifting.
  • Providing correct training on how to handle heavy objects and training the staff to do it in a way to avoid injury and strain on the shoulder, neck and back.

How can I make a claim?

If you have been involved in an accident at work, we recommend that you contact one of our experienced solicitors to help you come out with the highest possible compensation, so you can get back to your daily life in no time. We advise that like with any claim, evidence is an important part of it to ensure you get the highest possible compensation.

How can we help?

Our experience in work accident claims will help you make a successful claim after being injured. We will treat your case in the most professional way ensuring that you feel comfortable conveying your story in the best way. We will help gather any necessary information to help back up your case and increase the chances of getting correct compensation. We will ensure that your process is run smoothly in the most stress-free and easy way, enabling you to get back to your daily life in no time.

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