With the number of people self-isolating in workplaces rising, the number of industries that are experiencing staff shortages is also rising. This could, unfortunately, lead to a higher number of accidents at work due to staff shortages.
Accidents at Work due to Staff Shortages
One of the most common types of accident at work comes from shortages of staff. That accident is from lifting and carrying. Many of the accident at work claims that we deal with here at The Compensation Experts are people who have been lifting objects that are too heavy. A lot of these people state that they had to lift the objects by themselves, or with less people to help, as the workplace was short staffed.
Manual Handling Accidents at Work
Manual handling injuries often happen due to incorrect or inadequate training. Injuries caused by poor manual handling can be avoided by employers ensuring all staff receive the correct training. If you have had incorrect or inadequate training, your employer may be at fault for your poor manual handling injuries. According to The Health and Safety Executive, manual handling injuries accounted for 20% of all workplace accidents in 2018-2019, with the most common injuries from manual handling being back injuries.
There are laws in place to protect you from suffering common manual handling injuries at work, and your employer is responsible for ensuring the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 are being followed. By following these guidelines, the chances of an employee suffering all types of manual handling injuries are reduced.
The industries where workers most commonly experience manual handling injuries include:
- Warehouse and storage – poor manual handling injuries often come from staff doing picking and packing work.
- Construction – staff usually suffer various types manual handling injuries by moving heavy tools or everyday items, such as bricks and cement.
- Care and medical workers – because staff are often moving and working with people, poor manual handling injuries are common within care work.
- Factory staff – pushing and pulling heavy loads with no equipment can contribute to common manual handling injuries.
- Retail workers – those working in stock areas are susceptible to injuries caused by poor manual handling, as they spend a lot of their day lifting and moving deliveries.
Within these sectors, employers must regularly carry out risk assessments. This is to both ensure that everyone is working safely and prevent manual handling injuries from occurring.
Your Employers Responsibility
Your employer is responsible for making sure you are safe at work. They must follow certain rules. These rules include the Health and Safety at Work Act. In these rules, employers must ensure that their employees carry out their work safely. This includes making sure there are enough staff to be able to do the job safely.
How we Can Help with Accidents at Work due to Staff Shortages
Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes accidents at work due to staff shortages. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.