Many jobs put us at risk of contracting illnesses or, more commonly, sustaining a variety of injuries. From 2016/17, there have been around 233,000 non-fatal injuries involving lifting and carrying or falls and trips; thousands of which involved back injuries, according to the Health and Safety Executive.
They also state that some of the main causes of back pain are strenuous actions such as manual handling, driving long distances or being in the same position for a long period of time regularly, pushing and pulling heavy loads, operating heavy equipment and many more.
Depending on the severity, a lot of injuries could leave employees unable to work and therefore suffer a potential loss of earnings. In addition to this, severe cases could incur a number of extra expenses, such as costs for medical care. If the injury was caused because the employer breached their duty of care to you and didn’t protect you well enough, then it is likely that you could claim for compensation, which would help towards any financial burdens.
Here are some of the most high-risk jobs that are leading causes of back injuries:
Those in the construction industry usually work on building sites and repair a range of structures, highways, buildings, roads, and bridges, meaning that the job entails a variety of repetitive and defined tasks, which put pressure on muscles, tendons, joints, and other parts of the body. Due to this, bricklayers, carpenters, cement finishers, roofers, and any workers who provide overhead work are subjected to an array of injuries and often suffer back injuries, neck injuries, hand injuries, arm injuries, and many more.
Back and neck injuries from excessive bending and lifting are often suffered by those who drive lorries, as they engage in strenuous activity after sitting down for extended periods of time. Such activities include loading or removing items in or from the lorry; this is the main cause of strain injuries and after remaining seated for a while, this puts even more pressure on parts of the body that have become vulnerable when moving heavy items.
Employees working in warehouses, especially environments that contain slippery floors and forklifts are where accidents are known to occur on a daily basis. Most of these accidents at work are a result of forceful movements; bending, carrying, twisting, lifting and executing duties in awkward body positions, all of which can cause a variety of whole-body vibration and injuries to the back, neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands and many more.
In comparison to other occupations, nurses who are always on their feet and carrying out tasks like hoisting patients in and out of assistive devices, beds, bathrooms, wheelchairs, or from place to place are at higher risk of suffering musculoskeletal disorders, one of the conditions being persistent lower back pain.
Particularly for nurses working in the NHS, they may have to carry out such tasks alone, as this sector is commonly understaffed. Therefore, back injuries are more likely to occur when moving and guiding patients is done alone.
Back pain is a common injury for these types of roles which demand persistent and strenuous physicality on a regular basis. This includes heavy lifting, repetitive movements, bending over, and enduring a tremendous amount of walking. Further repeated movements that result in overuse back injury, including stooping, bending, tree pruning and hedge trimming.
A variety of occupations pose risks of injury and pain for workers. Sometimes, the pain and suffering endured by employees is a result of an employer failing to provide you with the necessary ‘duty of care’.
If your injury was caused by the negligence of your employer, you may have the right to claim personal injury compensation. At Cute Injury, we are sensitive to the fact that a compensation amount won't cure your suffering, but it may help towards any financial afflictions, such as medical care costs or any other expenses. These could have been avoided if your employer had sufficiently protected you. Get in touch with us today to find out more information and to see whether or not you have a valid claim to be made.
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