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Back injury accident at work

Back injuries occurring in the workplace probably account for the majority of the accidents that we come across as a firm of compensation solicitors.  The following is an extract from the official Health & Safety Executive (HSE) website:

“Manual handling is a major cause of back injury. One in five of those who suffer work-related ill health has back pain – bad both for people and for business. High-risk activity, such as heavy, frequent, or awkward lifting and handling can often be avoided, eg by using mechanical aids. More here from the HSE site: http://www.hse.gov.uk/msd/backs/

Lifting accidents can happen in the most surprising of circumstances with even relatively modest weights involved. Your neck and back are vulnerable and this places the burden on emnployers to ensure steps are taken to minimise the risk of injury.

Here are some facts about back injuries sustained in the work place:

  • 2.2 million people in Great Britain suffered from work related ill health in 2005/06 – one of five of those involved a bad back.
  • Around five million working days lost through bad backs in 2005/06.
  • On average each sufferer took about 19 days off in that 12 month period.
  • At least 5 million adults consult their GP annually about back pain.   NHS physiotherapy costs are estimated at £150.6m.
  • Back pain is the nation’s leading cause of disability with 1.1 million people affected.
  • One in eight unemployed people say that back pain is the reason they’re not working.   [Source – HSE 2005]
  • The Health & Safety Executive have recently devised a specialist site designed to advise people on taking better care of their back – you can view this at: http://www.betterback.hse.gov.uk

Additional useful external resources British Pain SocietyBack Pain advice website  – How to make a claim if you have suffered a hernia at work

We can also help with specialist legal areas such as asbestos disease claims, industrial deafness and vibration white finger claims following exposure to substances or sustained machine use at work. Many of these cases involve slow developing symptoms and it is important that you obtain advice as soon as possible on your situation. Read more about work related upper limb disorder injury (WRULD) caused by work.

If you have been injured at work – you may be entitled to compensation.

The Claims Connection accident at work industrial injury section – UK Accident claim and personal injury compensation. Health and safety at work

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