Heavy Furniture Injury Claim *
Injuries sustained from lifting heavy furniture * are generally experienced by a person who was not provided with manual handling training from their employer. These weights are calculated providing the person uses the correct technique. An injury due to heavy furniture can impose stress on a persons’ life as they suffer loss of earnings along with potential medical bills for rehabilitation.
When reviewing a heavy furniture claim * the first aspect that is inspected is to see if manual handling training was provided. Manual handling is defined as the general moving, pulling, pushing, carrying, lowering or lifting of an object. Employees are entitled by the law to refuse to lift a heavy object if they not received an appropriate level of training. In order to protect their employees from sustaining a personal injury from a heavy furniture lift, the employer should instruct all workers to carry out a risk assessment prior to any heavy lifting. In situations where a risk assessment is not completed, it can result in injury of a person.
Some of the injuries sustained from lifting heavy furniture include:
- Lower back injury
- Spinal injury
- Back sprains
- Muscle pulls
- Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD)
- Shoulder injuries
In order for a heavy furniture accident claim * to be successful negligence of another party may be necessary. This means that the injury sustained was through no fault of your own. Employers can follow a set of guidelines in an attempt to avoid any form of injury to their employees. Some of these guidelines include:
- The supervisor should avoid the need for any employees to undertake any manual handling operations at work which involve a risk of injury.
- A detailed risk assessment procedure should be put in place so employees are trained and aware of what objects can be handled.
- The employer should provide the necessary equipment that will assist in lifting heavy loads e.g. pulley, hoist, forklift.
According to the HSA (Health and Safety Authority) each employer has a responsibility towards their employees and should:
- Provide manual handling training to all staff
- Take appropriate measures to avoid the need for manual handling by employees – for example, providing lifting equipment so the employee won’t have to lift the furniture themselves.
- Ensure employees have the correct equipment at hand in cases where manual handling and lifting is unavoidable.
- Organise safe work stations where manual handling is necessary.
- All employees required to lift are given information on the weight of each load and the centre of gravity of the heaviest side when a package is loaded. In cases where the weight cannot be determined it should be tested by using lifting equipment.
What should you do after a heavy furniture accident?
Seek medical attention
The main priority after an injury of this nature is your own health and safety. The emergency services should be called immediately if the injury is a serious one. Any medication administered should be done so with your consent. The medical report will be obtained at a later stage.
Report the incident
Once in a medically stable condition, the incident should be reported to the supervisor. This will ensure that the cause of the injury is identified along with ensuring that it doesn’t happen to another person.
Speak with a solicitor
If you have suffered loss of earnings or incurred medical bills as a result of the injury it is recommended that you speak with a solicitor. Because a solicitor will assist you in collecting important documents that will determine where liability lies. Examples of these documents include:
- Medical records
- CCTV footage
- Witness reports
- Photographic evidence
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
At Tracey Solicitors, our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors * have years of experience in helping people who suffered an injury due to the negligence of another party.
If you are considering to make a heavy furniture injury claim *, feel free to contact 01 649 9900 for a confidential discussion and tell us about your case or reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask any questions or queries you may have. Furthermore, you can visit our Personal Injury & Accident FAQ’s for additional understanding.