As the term suggests "Manual handling" can be defined as the transporting or supporting of loads by hand or bodily force. According to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) more than one third of all accident injuries warranting more than 3 days absence from work, involve lifting or manual handling.
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Lifting or manual handling accidents
You can suffer injury at work in a variety of ways but many accidents occur as a result of lifting, pushing or pulling objects of varying weights, sizes and shapes. Your employer must comply with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (updated in 2002). These regulations apply to a wide range of manual handling activities such as: Pulling, lifting, lowering, pushing or carrying. The load itself may be either inanimate (box of goods, trolley, crate etc) or animate ( a person or animal).
The regulations require employers to:
- Avoid the need for hazardous manual handling so far as it is reasonable to do so.
- Assess the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling that cannot be avoided.
- Reduce the risk of any potentially hazardous manual handling in the workplace.
Employees themselves must:
- Follow appropriate systems of work laid down for their safety.
- Make proper use of the equipment provided for their safety.
- Co-operate with their employer at all times regarding such matters and inform the employer if they identify a hazard.
- Finally, they must not, through their actions, put at risk any fellow workers.
If you feel your employer has not acted within the regulations and has caused you to suffer injury or harm - you may be entitled to make a no win no fee compensation claim.
You might also wish to view these pages
- Employers Liability Insurance - The insurance cover that pays your claim
- Your rights to sick pay or SSP whilst absent following an injury.
- Report your accident to The Health & safety executive.
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You may be entitled to:
- Loss of earnings (even if an employer initially refuses to pay you or pays only ssp)
- Treatment costs
- Pain & Suffering compensation