Manual handling is the moving of loads from one place to another without the assistance of a machine. Contrary to popular belief, manual handling is not just lifting and carrying, it also includes putting down items, pushing and pulling. If manual handling is not done correctly, it can result in serious injury.
It is crucial employers provide their employees with the correct training and equipment to prevent a manual handling injury. It was estimated 1 in 3 accidents at work were caused by manual handling in the UK in 2020/2022.
To protect you from injury, your employer must follow legal guidelines, such as Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. However, manual handling accidents can still occur especially if your employer is failing to follow legal guidelines. Have you suffered a manual handling injury at work?
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What Should I Do If I Am Injured From Manual Handling?
The most important thing for those who have been injured from manual handling at work is to seek legal advice as soon as possible. A qualified solicitor can help to ensure that any claims are made in a timely fashion and that the right amount of compensation is sought.
You should also ensure that:
- The accident is recorded in the Accident Book or similar document
- Any CCTV footage is retained
- You seek First Aid as soon as possible
- Details of witnesses are obtained
- You cooperate with any work accident investigation
- Photos of any evidence are taken
What Are The Time Limits For A Manual Handling Claim?
In the UK, there are time limits that apply when making an accident at work claim. You must make the claim within three years of the date of the accident or from the date of the diagnosed injury. There are some exceptions where time can be extended, for instance, the person injured is under 18 or the injured person lacks capacity.
Injuries from manual handling can take months or years to develop, so you should seek the advice of a specialist solicitor as soon as possible. You can call us on 01642 843 667; alternatively, complete our online contact form, and one of our accident at work solicitors will be in touch.
What Are The Causes of Manual Handling Accidents?
Common causes of manual handling accidents include:
- Previous/existing injuries
- Heavy manual labour
- Loads that are unstable, unbalanced and/or hard to hold
- Awkward postures
- Repetitive movements of arms, legs and back
What Injuries Can Be Suffered From Manual Handling?
Common injuries sustained from manual handling include:
- Back injuries
- Hand injuries
- Foot injuries
- Arm injuries
- Leg injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Slips, trips and falls
Responsibilities of The Employer
Both employees and employers have responsibilities for safety in the workplace. The responsibilities of the employer include:
- Carrying out a risk assessment of all manual handling
- Reviewing the work practice and removing any unnecessary manual handling
- Trying to reduce the risk of manual handling injuries from all essential manual handling
- Providing training and essential equipment
What Can I Claim For?
If you have had a manual handling accident at work in the last three years, you are entitled to pursue a claim for compensation. The elements of the claim, and how much you would be entitled to, vary on a case-by-case basis.
Compensation for manual handling injuries commonly includes:
- Loss of earnings
- Medical expenses, for instance, prescription costs
- Damages for pain and suffering
- Compensation for care provided even if it was unpaid
- Travel expenses
- Additional fuel costs
Would Bringing A Claim Endanger My Job?
You are legally protected from any disciplinary action for making a claim against your employer for any injury you may have suffered at work.
Employers are legally required to have insurance in place to cover injuries to their employees so that they are in a position to be able to pay any compensation.
Will My Manual Handling Claim Be Successful?
At Macks Solicitors, we have an excellent record of winning accidents at work claims. All our claims are taken on a NO WIN NO FEE basis so you can bring your claim with confidence because you will not be out of pocket in the unlikely event your claim is unsuccessful.
Contact Us Today
For more information about making an accident at work claim, you can call us on 01642 843 667; alternatively, complete our online contact form, and one of our accident at work solicitors will be in touch.
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