Most of us have heard about manual handling. The term refers to the act of handling or picking up something manually, instead of using machinery or lifting equipment to do it. As such there is a limit to how much a person is able to lift safely, without causing themselves an injury in the process.
In the workplace, it is particularly important to know how best to lift things. Proper knowledge can make all the difference between suffering an injury and being able to carry on with your day injury-free. As such, proper manual handling training should always be provided to those who have to lift things during their daily work.
The duties of an employer
If an employer expects their workers to be able to lift things during their workday, they should provide proper manual handling training to them. This will ensure the workers know how to lift things and are far less likely to be injured as a result.
If you have suffered a manual handling injury (perhaps a back or leg injury for example) and you never received this type of training, you have a better chance of making a manual handling injury compensation claim. It is important to have all the facts at your disposal, as these will help support any case you decide to make against your employer. Remember, you have a legal right to try and claim if you think your employer was negligent.
A duty of care
Thankfully, very few employers are ever negligent in this manner. However we all know things can go wrong, and a lack of training or facilities can make all the difference as to whether someone is in a position to be injured or not.
If you know your injuries could have been prevented, you may have the chance to make a compensation claim. The best and easiest way to find out whether this is the case is to contact Accident Advice Helpline. We’ve been helping people just like you for 15 years now, so perhaps we can take on your case as well.
Just call us today – free of charge – on 0800 689 0500. This will put you through to our friendly team of advisors, and it could lead you to one of our expert lawyers as well, if we think they can indeed help you make a no win, no fee claim.
Date Published: October 25, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead