Injury Risks for Carers in the Workplace

Carers can be open to injury at work, due to the physical nature of their jobs. What are the injury risks to care givers and what can be done to address these risks?

Physical Injury Risks for Carers

Caregivers at home and in residential care settings perform essential work in providing for the wellbeing of residents and patients. Their care is vital in assisting people in day to day activities and tasks. Often the work is very physical. It can put pressure on the carer in a range of ways. The risk of strain or injury is present along with potential for accidents in the workplace.  

Injury risks for carers come in various forms. Often carers and healthcare assistants are tasked with moving numerous patients in short time periods and this can result in bank and shoulder pain. Being a carer involves lots of stooping, bending and twisting which can put strain on the lower back. It can also put pressure on shoulders and arms. 

One of the essential jobs that carers do is bathing clients. This comes with its own set of risks. Often patients or residents have very limited mobility and require assistance at every part of the process. From getting from a chair or bed to a bathing area, to undressing, bathing and dressing, patients may require help at every step of the way. These set of tasks can put even more physical pressure on a carer. Bathing patients can involve moving and lifting people, which requires training and the necassry equipment to carry out the job safely.

Equipment and Training Crucial for Care

Carers in the workplace have to be properly trained and provided with the correct equipment to carry out their jobs. Suitable lifting equipment that can be height adjusted should be available to staff in a care setting. Carers need to be able to move those they are caring for, safely. The health and safety of those being cared for and of the caregiver is of paramount importance.

If a carer does not have the correct equipment for lifting, moving or bathing a patient or resident, it can place undue pressure on them. This can result in stress, strain and accidents. When carers are tending to the hygiene needs of patients or residents, they need to be able to move the patient and also bathe or shower them, using adjustable chairs or bath and showering equipment. Shower areas should have enough room and employers need to be conscious of slip or fall risks. Carers are at a greater risk of injury where good equipment is missing.

Training is crucial for carers. Carers who are not trained in all areas their jobs require, can find themselves at greater risk of accident or injury. It is up to the employer to ensure that all caregivers and healthcare assistants are trained adequately and provided with any equipment needed to provide the best care. 

Personal Injury Claim Following Workplace Injury 

If you have suffered an injury or accidents due to the negligence of others, during your work as a carer, you may have a case to make a personal injury* claim. At Pilar our solicitors will advise you on whether we think you have grounds to make a claim. We will give you honest and expert opinion about all aspects of your case, using clear and jargon free language.

About PILAR

PILAR is a network of law firms founded by Mary Flanagan, Niamh Moran and Anthony Carmody, Solicitors. Together, we form a skilled group of lawyers who have joined forces to provide a specialist offering in catastrophic personal injury* and litigation cases, including those relating to injury caused the chemical hazards at work.

You can call us on 01 2943846 to discuss your case in confidence . You can also contact us by our easy to use form on our homepage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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