Workplace Manual Handling Compensation Claims
Manual handling activities at work can give rise to a number of potential dangers which must be taken into consideration by an employer.
Whilst back and neck strains are the most common type of manual handling injury at work, many other accidents arise from manual handling activities which can give rise to a claim for personal injury compensation.
The obligations placed upon an employer are set out in the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. Under the terms of the Regulations where manual handling cannot be avoided an employer should undertake a risk assessment identifying not only the risks arising from the activity, but also the steps which should be taken to reduce those risks. The risk assessment should not be limited to potential injuries arising from lifting or moving materials at work but any risk which arises from the manual handling activity.
What would be considered a safe load will vary significantly depending on the size and weight of the object, how the object will be moved and also how the weight of the object is distributed.
In addition, the individual characteristics of the employee undertaking the manual handling task must also be taken in to account. An employer should consider the size and strength of an individual employee, how often the load must be moved, where it is to be moved to and from and what rests or breaks may be available.
These are complex questions which require detailed consideration by an individual with appropriate training and experience. Guidance is available from the Health & Safety Executive.
At Sintons our personal injury specialists have a wealth of experience in pursuing successful compensation claims arising from manual handling at work.
All personal injury claims are pursued on a No Win No Fee basis so you can rest assured that there is no financial risk.
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