Manual handling can be dangerous if the appropriate equipment is not provided. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 sets out the rules and regulations which should be adhered to, however unfortunately, there are often breaches of these regulations which can lead to accidents occurring.
Common examples of where things can go wrong includes inadequate lifting equipment, insufficient staffing levels or a general lack of training. If you are asked to lift an item weighing 20kg above head height for example, your employer is in breach of the manual handling guidelines and if you suffer an injury they should be held accountable.
If you have been injured due to lifting, pushing or pulling something it is important that you report your accident to your employer immediately. If possible find out the weight of the item you were moving and seek medical attention from a First Aider. You will also need to get medical advice from your GP or local hospital as soon as practicable.
If you are considering making a claim make sure you get specialist advice from experts in this field. Our specialist Personal Injury Lawyers know how to get you the compensation you deserve if you’ve been injured whilst performing a manual handling task.
You can also rest assured you that there are no financial risks in making your claim.as we work on a no-win, no-fee basis. This means that if your claim is not successful, you will have nothing to pay.
Remember, legal proceedings must be started within 3 years from the date of your accident. Failure to do this may result in your claim being time-barred and you may not be able to make a claim for compensation.