Proper safety procedures need to be put in place for manual handling, which covers any transporting or supporting of loads by hand or bodily force. This could include the carrying, lifting, pulling, pushing, or moving of items during work.
HSE statistics state that 40% of accidents in the work place are caused by manual handling accidents, which could lead to back injuries, muscle injury, upper and lower limb injuries as well as the worsening of a pre-existing condition.
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 were created to protect employees and require the employer to:
If an employer fails put proper procedures for health and safety into place and as a result you have a manual handling accident, you could be able to make a claim for compensation.
Some examples of things that an employer should put into place to ensure safety at work are listed below:
Many employees worry that they could lose their job if they make a claim against their employer. However an employer is required by law to have insurance that should cover any compensation awarded. Since 1963 it is compulsory for employers to have Employers Liability Insurance.
Also, it is important to remember that by highlighting health and safety problems at work it prevents others from being hurt and in the long run could ensure that procedures are improved.
At Hattons Solicitors we can advise you of your best options and answer any concerns or questions that you have before processing any claim for compensation following an accident at work.
We work closely with our clients to keep them informed about their claim and our clients can also access our online file view system to find out where their case is up to at their own convenience.
If you have suffered from any manual handling injuries as a result of negligence call our friendly legal team on 0800 298 9690 or alternatively fill in the Claim Now Form to the right of this screen and we will call you back.