Back Injuries

Back Injuries at Work Compensation Claims

Lifting and carrying objects are among the main causes of accidents in the British workplace.

The Health & Safety Executive believes that 40% of all injuries that causes a work absence of more than three days arises from lifting injuries. Many of which result in back injuries.

Although most people associate lifting injuries with moving large pieces of equipment (furniture, electronics etc) almost anyone can get injured at work from pulling, pushing, lifting or carry something in the wrong way resulting in back injuries or worse.

Injuries like:

  • Back Pain and Backache Caused by Lifting
  • Sprains and Strains to Muscles, Tendons and Ligaments
  • Trapped Nerves and Sciatica
  • Slipped / Herniated Discs
  • Degenerative Conditions, e.g. Arthritis, Tendonitis

Such injuries can arise from a variety of places from building sites to factories, office warehouses, hospitals, banks, laboratories, care homes, farms or shops.

Following the implementation of the Manual Handling Regulations 1992 your employer is under a duty to:-

  • avoid the need for hazardous manual handling so far as it is reasonable practicable;
  • assess the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling that cannot be avoided; and
  • reduce the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling so far is reasonably practicable.

If necessary we solicitors will report employers to the Health and Safety Executive in order for them to investigate the matter and if necessary prosecute employers.

What to do if I have been involved in an accident?

If you have been harmed during the course of your employment you should do the following:

  1. Report your accident to you supervisor/boss.
  2. Ensure the accident has been recorded in the Accident book, ensuring you have read the contents and are happy with the accident circumstances.
  3. If you have been off work for over 3 days due to an accident related accident/illness your employer should complete a RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Report) report should be completed and sent to the HSE.

Employers Are Responsible For Preventing Work Lifting Injuries

The responsibilities of employers in this area of law are set out in the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. The regulations state than an employer has a duty, as far as is reasonably practical, to avoid the need for employees to undertake tasks involving lifting by hand. Where such tasks are unavoidable, they must be competently risk assessed with all ergonomic factors taken into account, including the suitability of individual workers to perform them. Employees must be provided with training in safe lifting techniques, as well as protective equipment to support their backs when lifting and carrying heavy or awkward weights.