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A lifting injury is a common work-related injury. Lifting injuries usually occur when a worker either lifts an object that it too heavy or lifts an object awkwardly, causing strain on their body. Common lifting injuries include lower back, neck and shoulder strains.
Some examples of lifting injuries include:
- a delivery driver injuring his lower back while loading parcels into the back of his delivery van;
- a worker on a car manufacturing process line injuring his left shoulder while moving car doors off the line;
- a personal care attendant at an aged care facility injuring her lower back when attempting to transfer a resident from their bed to a chair.
A lifting injury can be caused by an acute episode or be the result of repetitive lifting over a prolonged period of time. A poorly designed or congested work area can contribute to lifting injuries by forcing workers to assume awkward positions when lifting items.
Keeping safe a work
If you are required to lift heavy loads in work, it is important that you receive training in proper posture and lifting techniques. Use lifting aids, such as wheelbarrows, forklifts, pulleys or cranes, whenever possible.
If you feel uncomfortable with the lifting requirements of your job, you should speak to your manager. If you do not feel that your concerns are dealt with appropriately, then you should report your concerns and your manager to your trade union representative.
Making a claim
If you have suffered a lifting injury at work, you may be entitled to compensation. Strict time limits apply, so please contact us for advice about making a claim and to ensure your rights are protected.