While you may pick up an item at work and not give it a second thought, many workplace accidents happen as a result of manual handling.
If you lift, lower, carry, push or pull you may be putting yourself at risk of injury.
The weight of what you’re lifting is an important factor putting you at risk of injury but so is the number of times you have to pick up or carry an item, the distance you are carrying it, where you are picking it up from or putting it down and any awkward movements you make while handling it.
There are many things that can go wrong and when items aren’t handled correctly, injuries can occur, sometimes leading to musculoskeletal disorders and long-term damage.
It is your employer’s responsibility to make sure all manual handling tasks are performed safely by providing you with the right training and equipment. Regulations are in place such as The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) which require employers to manage these risks to their employees.
These state they must:
- Avoid hazardous manual handling operations as much as is reasonably practicable
- Assess the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling operations
- Reduce the risk of injury as much as is reasonably practicable
Despite the regulations, 41% of workplace incidents are musculoskeletal.
If you’ve been injured because health and safety guidelines weren’t followed by your employer, we could help you make a manual handling compensation claim.
Our specialist solicitors have years of experience with manual handling claims and the knowledge to get you the compensation you deserve.
Your workplace accident claim could also be accepted on a no win, no fee basis, which means you won’t have to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful.
To find out more about making a manual handling injury claim, call 0808 274 6197.