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Lifting Accidents and Manual Handling

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics show that more than 30% of all accidents which result in an employee taking more than 3 days away from work are due to lifting accidents – or manual handling accidents as they are sometimes more commonly known. In 1992 the government introduced the Manual Handling Operations Regulations (updated in 2002) which were designed to set standards and rules for employers to apply in order to minimise accidents in the workplace.

If you feel you have suffered injury from a lifting accident and it was someone else’s fault then you can make a claim for personal injury compensation.

Where does the responsibility lie for the accident?

Manual handling accidents are not just restricted to industries where there is likely to be heavy lifting such as warehouses, farms and construction sites. You may suffer an injury in an office setting or even in a shop. But both the employee and the employer here have a responsibility to ensure safety.

For instance as an employer you should review working practices regularly and eliminate manual handling which is not absolutely necessary. For those tasks which involve manual handling and may cause injury there should be a risk assessment. All efforts to reduce the risk of injury from manual handling should be taken.

The employee in his job role should adhere to boundaries, restrictions and training guidelines provided by the employer. This may include wearing or using personal protective equipment (PPE).
An employee could not claim for compensation if they had disregarded health and safety advice already in place. However an injury may have occurred because safety measures put in place did not reduce the dangers.

Making a claim: Lifting accidents

If you feel you have suffered injury from a lifting accident and it was someone else’s fault then you can make a claim for personal injury compensation. The reward you receive may offer financial help in supporting you through the period of your injury. It may also help prevent further accidents happening as changes to health and safety measures are tightened. Employers expect there to be compensation claims and factor this into their budgets by taking out liability insurance. At myworkclaim.com our expert solicitors can guide you through the process.

How we can help you claim compensation

At Workplace Accident Helpline our professional consultants specialise in helping people claim for accidents, illnesses or diseases which originate in the workplace. We guide you through the whole process on a no win-no fee basis. We will match the needs of your case and personal preferences with our panel of solicitors who are pre-screened experts in this type of claim. To make an enquiry simply fill in our compensation claim form or call us on 0800 327 7919

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