About heavy lifting and back injuries

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About heavy lifting and back injuries

Back injuries caused by heavy lifting at work are the most common type of manual handling injuries. You can cause a muscle strain, torn ligament, or even a fracture if your work involves heavy or repetitive lifting and you have not received adequate training, guidance or lifting equipment from your employer.

The pain experienced from a back injury caused by heavy lifting can vary from a mild discomfort to severe, debilitating pain. Such injuries can occur in many places of work including shops, factories, hospitals, building sites and many others.

A wide range of occupations involve heavy lifting which can lead to a back injury. These include labourers, ground workers, delivery drivers, warehouse operatives, supermarket assistants, farmers, nurses and many more.

You may require time off from work due to a back injury, and this can result in loss of earnings and can damage your future work prospects if you are unable to perform certain tasks because of a back injury.

Your employer is under a legal duty to ensure your well being and protection in the work place and to minimise the risk of injury. If you have suffered a back injury caused by heavy lifting at work, you may have grounds for a claim.

  • You need not be still employed by your employer to make a back injury claim
  • You don’t need to have had medical treatment for your condition to make a claim
  • You may claim even if your injury occurred many years ago

For no obligation advice, call free on 0800 587 4444  or fill in the form and we’ll call you back

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Compensation Amounts


Up to £7,500


£6,750 – £21,500


£21,500 – £93,000