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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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).
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.
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