Back pain is common and can in some cases be extremely painful and disrupting for those who suffer from it. However it can also be a problem for employers; if employees suffer from back pain they are likely to take time off from work and it may reduce their productivity when they are working. On this basis it is beneficial for both employees and employers to work together to reduce or even eliminate back pain from the workplace.
Advice for workers
Back pain is frequently associated with jobs which involve lifting heavy or bulky loads, carrying loads awkwardly, repetitive tasks and stooping, bending or crouching; including working with poor posture. If you suffer from back pain the first person you should speak to is your doctor, but you should also discuss your issues with your employer as they will be able to look at your working conditions and identify how they can be changed to avoid further issues.
Advice for employers
The key piece of advice for employers is to communicate with their workforce. They have a legal duty to consult with their employees or their elected representatives, and by keeping lines of communication open it is far more likely that the solutions found will be worthwhile. Staff know what they find difficult and by involving them in the implementation of health and safety policies they are more likely to adhere to guidance provided, particularly if they feel that they have been listened to during the process. Some people are more susceptible to back pain than others, so involving them in the risk assessment process can be beneficial to all parties.
What if you suffer from back pain?
If you suffer from back pain and you feel that is related to your working environment or working practices, you might be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Employers have a duty of care to protect the health and welfare of their workers and this includes ensuring that workers are able to perform their role without the risk of injury. Our solicitors have years of experience in handling cases like these, so contact us today to see how we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Calls are free and you are under no obligation to continue with a case if you decide not to do so.