Types of manual handling injuries
There are a whole range of injuries that can occur when you haven’t had the proper training for manual handling activities. Even when you have been trained, it’s also possible for you to sustain an injury if you attempt to lift something that is too heavy for you.
Back injuries claims
When you perform a lift, your back is the most vulnerable part of your body. All too often, people tweak muscles in their back due to improper lifting technique. Back injuries can be painful and debilitating, and severe ones can involve spinal damage and slipped discs.
Musculoskeletal disorders claims
The term musculoskeletal disorder refers to any injury, damage or disorder of the joints or muscle tissues in your arms, legs or back. These disorders affect the nerves, tendons, muscles and other supporting structures like your spine. Usually, these injuries are caused by repetitive physical movements carried out improperly, and result in damage, pain or stiffness.
Hand and foot injuries
Whether you’re lifting, lowering, pushing or pulling, it’s likely that you’ll be using your hands. This puts them at risk of injury when you’re carrying out manual handling in the workplace.
The surface of an object itself could cause injury, if it has sharp edges or is extremely hot or cold. As well as this, there is the possibility of crush injuries caused by fingers or thumbs getting trapped between the load you’re carrying and other surfaces.
Manual handling foot injuries mostly occur when the object being carried is dropped from a height, and are made worse when an employee is not wearing protective footwear. This can often lead to heavy bruising, crushing or broken bones.
Our muscles are only designed to be able to handle so much wear and tear, which is why we experience strains and sprains when we overstretch them. Attempting to lift an object which is too heavy for you, or in unsuitable conditions that make it difficult to hold, can result in inflammation, bruising and pain.
A common manual handling injury, hernias happen when an internal organ pushes through a weakness in the muscle wall, usually in the lower abdominal area. Overexertion through physical activity can be a cause of hernias, and quite often they will require surgery.