As leading specialists dealing in work place accidents, we regularly act for people who have experienced manual handling injuries. Injuries at work can result in many sick days off, which are often unpaid. In more severe cases, manual handling injuries can lead to long term problems that drastically affect an employee’s ability to remain in employment.
In many cases, a manual handling injury at work will not be an employee’s fault, and they will be able to claim compensation. This is extremely important if the injury has hampered their ability to earn a living. In every workplace, there is a risk of injury, and it’s up to the employer to do all they can to prevent such an accident from happening.
- Types of manual handling accident
Manual Handling accidents occur almost anywhere in the work place and no matter what type of job you do - in an office environment, in a retail shop or on a building site. Incorrect lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling and carrying at work, account for over a third of all employment accidents.
If you have been hurt, maybe you were more vulnerable to injury because of your build or medical history. Or maybe you were under pressure to work as quickly as possible and so suffered an injury?
- Your employer's obligation
Your employer is required to prevent any manual handling activities in your work place if at all possible. Equipment should be provided – trollies, hoists, conveyor belts, pallet trucks and so on. However, where manual handling is unavoidable, your employer must undertake risk assessments and put sensible and reasonable safety measures into place, to make sure that injury is avoided.
- Examples of manual handling cases
We have represented people who have been seriously hurt when lifting things at work. Here are some examples:
- incorrect lifting equipment provided;
- items carried for longer distances than necessary;
- lifting from floor level to above shoulder height;
- lifting loads which are too heavy for the individual to manage
- tasks which involve a lot of twisting, stooping, reaching and bending
- lack of training and assistance.
- Our experience & how we can help you
As experienced lawyers, we see manual handling accidents happen in all manner of ways. There is no typical way in which someone is injured at work
We have found that success in more difficult cases depends on a careful analysis of the nature of the work undertaken. We will take the time to fully understand your job and what is required of you. With this understanding, we can advise you about the correct manual handling procedure that your employer should have put into place and what they failed to do.
We also understand that accidents at work can be very difficult, because you may be looking to pursue a claim against your existing Employer. We handle this situation sensitively, and if you have concerns, we can provide employment law advice as well if required.
- What can I claim for?
We ensure that as part of your claim, we claim back what you have lost financially, or could lose, if your injuries impact upon your ability to return to work or find alternative jobs. We make sure that the proper financial claim is made for you.