Manual Handling accidents usually happen at work and usually involve lifting, pushing and pulling heavy or bulky items, although such claims can involve smaller items such as pans in kitchens, such accidents are often caused by the failure to provide equipment, by not providing proper training or due to the fault of a fellow employee.
The injuries caused are most commonly to the injury but can also be to the neck, shoulders, arms and hands
It is the duty of employers to:
- Make a sufficient risk assessment of all manual handling operations
- Review policies in relation to manual handling operations
- Take steps to reduce the risk of injury as much as possible
- Avoid the need for hazardous handling as much as reasonably practicable
- Provide general indications where it is practical to do so about the weight of an object and which is the heaviest side.
Manual handling accidents can lead to long periods of time off work, or to expensive rehabilitation which could mean suffering loss of earnings and the cost of care and assistance.
The Manual Handling Regualtion 1992 governs an employer’s duty and the application of the Regulation to certain situations can be difficult and expert advice is needed to work out whether you have a claim. Our specialist personal injury solicitors will be able to advise you and we will a act for you on a NO WIN NO FEE basis meaning that you will not have to pay legal fees should your case be unsuccessful. Request a Free Consultation today.