Compensation for Pulling a Back Muscle at Work
Can I claim compensation for pulling a back muscle at work from lifting heavy boxes at work?
You can make a claim for compensation for pulling a back muscle at work if your employer has placed your health and safety at risk by asking you to perform manual handling duties at work. If your employer could have prevented you from sustaining an injury and should have taken greater care to ensure you were not placed at a high risk of sustaining an injury, a claim for pulling a back muscle should be possible.
You should bear in mind that back injury compensation claims for a pulled back muscle can only be made if the injury has been checked by a doctor. If you have not yet sought medical attention this must be your number one priority. You should also make sure that the accident is recorded in your employer’s accident book. The accident book is an important piece of evidence that will prove that you were injured at work where a duty of care is owed to you.
Under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 an employer has a legal responsibility to ensure that manual handling duties are restricted in the workplace to the minimum practical level, and are only performed if it is safe to do so. There are a number of ways that an employer can reduce the risk of staff being injured when objects need to be lifted and carried at work.
Employees must be provided with training on safe lifting techniques to minimise the risk of an injury being sustained. The loads that must be carried should be reduced as much as practicable, and if it is not possible to do this, sufficient members of staff must be allocated to each manual handling task to ensure that an individual is not required to carry excessive loads. The frequency of lifting tasks should also be reduced, and employers should ensure that regular breaks are provided.
The above legislation also demands that employers supply lifting equipment as appropriate. Hoists, lifts and pallet trucks should be supplied to ease the strain on workers, or when heavy or awkward loads need to be manipulated. Your employer should also have conducted risk assessments in the workplace to determine if a particular manual handling task could have been performed in a safer way. If your employer has failed to fulfil all of these legal duties demanded by the above legislation, it should be possible for compensation for pulling a back muscle at work to be claimed against your employer’s liability insurance policy.
If you believe your employer has failed in a duty of care to keep you safe at work and you have been placed at an excessive risk of sustaining an injury, we recommend talking with a personal injury solicitor about making a claim for pulling a back muscle at work. A solicitor is in the best position to advise you if it is possible to make back injury compensation claims, and the steps that must be taken in order to do so.