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Back injuries in the workplace

Causes of back pain

The causes of back pain can be many and varied and the severity of the pain can range from the relatively mild pain of a strained muscle, through to chronic pain caused by a serious spinal injury.

Employers have a duty to protect their employees in the workplace and to ensure the work environment is free from hazards which may cause an accident. Many of the potential injuries from accidents involve back injuries. Employers are required to carry out risk assessments and having identified a hazard to find ways of reducing those hazards or, if possible, removing them altogether.

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Workers with a higher risk of suffering back injury

Whilst anyone can potentially suffer a back injury at work, some particular types of work expose workers to a higher risk of a back injury. High risk jobs include:

If your work involves any of these activities, you should ensure that your employer has taken the necessary steps to identify the risks and to protect you from any that have been identified.

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Types of back injury

The most common area for back pain is the lower back. About one third of adults in the UK suffer lower back pain at some time in their lives. However, you can suffer injury along the entire length of the spine.

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Preventing back pain

Your employer, through their duty to ensure the working environment is safe, should follow through any recommendations identified by the risk assessment to remove risks and hazards.

If you have a back injury that has occurred as a result of something in the workplace, the employer should make sure that it is not made worse when you return to work.

If your injury has resulted in your being registered disabled, he should provide reasonable adjustments to allow you to return to work.

However, you also have a duty to ensure your own health and safety by taking regular breaks; making sure your workstation has been assessed for you; varying your tasks where possible; and co-operating with your employer if changes are implemented to reduce the risk of further injury to your back.

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Warning signs that you may have a back injury

There are warning signs that indicate that you may have a possible back injury. The following are serious enough that you should immediately consult your GP, they are fortunately rare:

Most back pain is not due to serious damage and even injuries such as slipped discs or a trapped nerve may recover by themselves over time.

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What to do if you experience back pain at work

Whether you have experienced back pain over a period of time, or have suffered an accident at work which has caused you to suffer a back injury or back pain, you should report this to your employer and if there is one, your safety representative.

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Making a claim for back injury compensation

If you or a family member has been injured through no fault of your own, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. They will be happy to talk you through the claims process in plain English and answer any questions you may have regarding your back injury claim. Alternatively, you may prefer to complete one of our online accident compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

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