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Work Accidents » Baggage handler work accidents


One of the industries in which work accidents have been identified as a notable risk is baggage handling within airports.

Even with modernised systems, including barcodes and conveyor belts, the job is still one that is physical and strenuous, and this may lead to industrial injury. 21st-century research showed that musculo-skeletal disorders were common among workers in the baggage handling department, with 73 percent of those studied having experienced trouble with their lower back, 51 percent with their knees and 43 percent with their shoulders.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health says, MSDs account for approximately 50 per cent of all injuries at UK airports, so there clearly is a big problem. This new research has helped identify some possible solutions which could help to reduce what is a major problem for airport workers, and, in particular, baggage handlers.

Overseas investigators looked into thiis issue and labelled that the UK limit on the weight of a single bag should be - 32 kg - has had a positive effect on reducing such work injury cases, and therefore work injury claims.

Other ways of minimising the risk of personal injury include ergonomic planning and training - something as simple as ensuring the trolleys are at a 45-degree angle to the conveyor belt can reduce the amount of torso-twisting that a handler must perform.

A corollary to this, of course, is that failure to train personnel in appropriate lifting techniques or to supply appropriate equipment may open an employer to a compensation claim if a work injury ensues.

Claiming no win, no fee compensation for a work accident


If you have had an accident at work, and it has led to an injury that you do not believe to be your fault, there is a good chance that you would be able to claim compensation for your costs - past, present and future - that result from that.

Here at HappyClaim, we can help you make those claims on a free basis. Not only are our work injury solicitors working on a no win, no fee basis, their winning fee gets charged to your opponent, and all other costs in the case are prevented from falling to you. 

Dont worry call HappyClaim today on 01582 437070 for further assistance and support or complete our online claim form to request a call back and one of our happy team will contact you.