Manual handling claims
If you’ve suffered a manual handling injury at work, talk to us to make a claim today
If you suffer an injury at work, a manual handling claim could help you to secure compensation.
Manual handling is a term given to moving loads without using machinery. The term covers:
If these movements are not carried out correctly there is a risk of injury, including musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). MSDs can cause pain and injuries to:
- tissues in the limbs and back
- joint injuries
- repetitive strain injuries.
Heavy manual labour, awkward postures and existing injuries are all risk factors in the development of MSDs. Your employer is legally responsible for implementing control measures to reduce the risk of manual handling injuries.
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What are manual handling claims?
Manual handling claims can help you to secure compensation and support after suffering a manual handling injury at work.
Manual handling accidents cause more than a third of all work-related injuries and can lead to MSDs. This can put your daily life and ability to work under immense strain.
Manual handling can cause potentially long-term damage to existing medical conditions, muscles and areas such as a person’s:
Manual handling injuries can occur if people are required to transport heavy or cumbersome items or have not received the proper training to move them safely.
Your employer’s responsibility
If you are asked to move equipment, loads or objects manually, your employer must take every precaution available to help you avoid injury. This includes providing the appropriate training and relevant equipment, and by avoiding hazardous manual handling wherever possible.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) makes a number of recommendations to avoid manual handling injuries in the workplace. These include:
- Reducing the amount of twisting, bending and reaching
- Avoiding lifting from the floor, or above shoulder height
- Adjusting storage areas to reduce the need for manual handling
- Reducing carrying distances
- Assessing the weight to be carried
- Considering using lifting aids such as forklift trucks.
If lifting a heavy item cannot be avoided, employers should ensure that staff are trained in good handling techniques for lifting.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
This is the primary legislation protecting the health, safety and welfare of employees and the general public. Employers are responsible for performing a wide range of duties to provide a safe, competent and compliant working environment.
Employers must follow various health and safety regulations in the UK. The main set of regulations is often referred to as the Six Pack, which has supported the Health and Safety at Work Act since 1993. Whilst the Six Pack is no longer directly applicable as UK legislation, it is still used as an important yardstick of an employer’s negligence:
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations – providing further guidance on the Health and Safety at Work Act.
- Manual Handling Operations Regulations – setting out clear measures to reduce the risk of manual handling injuries.
- Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Regulations – informing employers of how to safely use computer screens.
- Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations – covering safe working environments.
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations – ensuring equipment is suitable for work.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations – covering effective use of PPE.
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What you should do if you’ve been injured at work
Our team of expert injury lawyers can offer support and guidance on what to do if you have been injured at work.
Your health should always come first. Seek treatment for your injury as soon as you can.
If you must visit the hospital, make sure to give an accurate account of the accident to the first doctor who treats you.
Even if you don’t need hospital treatment, always speak with your own GP to give them an accurate report of the accident.
Your medical records will be requested during the course of your manual handling injury compensation claim.
Discuss your accident with a specialist injury at work solicitor as soon as you can. You will have a time limit of three years from the date of your work-related accident for starting Court proceedings.
Report your accident to your employers as quickly as possible and request a copy of the accident book entry. This will become evidence in your claim.
Depending on the severity and type of your injury, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) may decide to conduct an investigation.
You do not have to make a statement to your employers. Other than a brief injury report in the accident book, it is inadvisable to make a signed statement immediately following an accident.
Make sure to report your accident to the Department for Work and Pensions as this will help you apply for state benefits later.
Collect the details of any witnesses to your workplace accident and pass this information to a specialist work injury lawyer as soon as you can.
Request photographs of the accident scene from your shop steward or safety representative.
Take photographs of your injuries as soon as possible after your accident. Continue throughout your recovery process.
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Manual handling claims FAQs
If your employer does not mitigate risks, manual handling injuries can occur when:
- An object is too heavy or awkward to move
- A manual handling task is too strenuous for the individual
- The work environment is hazardous, such as wet flooring, cramped space or too dark
- There is a lack of appropriate training, information or equipment provided.
Each workplace injury claim is unique. The amount of compensation you could receive varies depending on the severity of your injuries and how they affect your life. Our team will require as much information as possible about the impact of your manual handling injury to calculate your compensation.
Typically, most manual handling claims run on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, which means you do not pay any legal fees until after your case concludes.
Talk to us to discuss the full details of your injury at work claim.