According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), ‘musculoskeletal disorders account for almost half of all work-related ill-health and manual handling injuries represent over a third of accidents reported annually’.
With so many accidents at work revolving around manual handling related injuries, it is no surprise that regulations have been put in place to guide employers in their management of such tasks within their workforce.
Minimising accidents at work: Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
In a nutshell, the Manual Handling Operations Regulations of 1992, provides legal advice to employers on best practice surrounding physical activities, such as ‘lifting, loading, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving materials’, in the hope that it will lessen work-related injury and improve the health and safety standards for employees.
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations guidance is essential for all organisations as it is applicable to all sectors, whether the manual handling in question is in regard to boxes, deliveries, livestock or furniture.
The HSE confirm that the 1992 regulations encourage ‘a hierarchy of measures to reduce the risks of manual handling’. These are in regulation 4(1) and as follows:
- Avoid hazardous manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable;
- Assess any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided;
- Reduce the risk of injury so far as reasonably practicable.’
The above can be achieved upon successful implementation of the work place assessment template and risk assessment filter and checklist, which are included with the regulations.
Have you been injured at work?
Whether you have suffered from a manual handling injury or another form of affliction, if you believe you are not to blame for the harm you have suffered, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
As the Manual Handling Operations Regulations suggest, there are numerous legal policies, guidelines and documents available to employers to aid them with their responsibility to protect the health and safety of their employees and minimise accidents at work.
When your employer fails to provide a safe working environment or satisfactory working conditions, they are unquestionably liable for any work-related injury you may incur.
Claiming compensation for your occupational accident
Rather than fight out the legal battle yourself you can contact Accident Advice Helpline who can take the weight off your shoulders, offering a no win no fee* legal service for victims of personal injury.
Recover from your work-related injury safe in the knowledge that their expert team have over 15 years’ experience, as well as a team of specialist solicitors on hand to manage your claim, guaranteeing every effort is made to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: February 26, 2014
Author: David Brown