Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common causes of absence from work. Performing lifting and other manual handling tasks are the most obvious ways of hurting your back at work, but long hours at a computer or at the wheel of a car can also cause strain or injury.


Further Information

The Health and Safety Executive has information and advice on back pain and manual handling, including advice for employers, in the musculoskeletal disorders section of its website.

The TUC’s manual handling webpages feature news and links to union resources, including the Manual handling chapter of the TUC’s Hazards at work guide.

Hazards magazine's tackling work’s strains and pains webpages include news, resources and guides.

BackCare is a charity which provides advice on preventing and dealing with back pain. Helpline: 0208 977 5474.

The GMB has a webpage explaining the lifting and manual handling regulations designed to protect employees from injuries.

The ATL union has a useful guide to lifting and carrying in the health and safety section of its website.

The Unite union’s Do you suffer from aches and pains in silence?  leaflet is also available online.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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