Laboratory accidents: Manual handling

According to the COSHH law (regulating control over substances that are considered to be hazardous to employees’ health) and general Health & Safety Executive guidelines, laboratory workers must be protected against the risk of work accidents by being provided with adequate manual handling training to ensure they know how to identify and handle potentially harmful substances. They must also be trained in relevant safety procedures, as well as how to safely lift/ transport heavy loads.

Manual handling accidents at work

Employees not trained in handling harmful substances and/ or heavy loads all too easily fall victim to often serious injuries at work as a result of their lack of training. Lifting heavy loads in the wrong manner may cause serious back injuries, while hazardous substances being handled in the wrong fashion may cause chemical burns, severe allergic reactions to a substance’s toxic properties; explosions, fires and so on.

Work injury compensation

If you were hurt in a workplace accident because you or another worker were not adequately trained in the correct manual handling procedures required to do your job safely, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injury. To qualify for personal injury compensation, your injury must have been the result of an accident that happened no more than three years ago. It must also be proven that the incident was due to lack of training, lack of instructions or the fault of another person.

Why you should claim for laboratory injury compensation

All too often, workers shy back from claiming for compensation, partly because they do not want to appear ‘greedy’ enough to make money out of their misfortune. Claiming for industrial injury compensation is, however, not just about the money. It is also about ensuring others do not become victims of similar accidents in the workplace. Compensation claims invariably result in investigations into how the accident or injury happened in the first place. If inadequate training in manual handling was responsible, such an investigation should lead to employers making the necessary changes to prevent similar accidents in the future.

Initiating compensation claims

Other reasons for workers not claiming for injury compensation consist of worry about the cost involved and a lack of knowledge on how to initiate a claim. As it is, all it takes to initiate a claim is a simple call to the advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. What’s more, all claims processed by this legal firm are dealt with on a no-win, no-fee* basis, meaning claimants do not have to worry about funding the claim process. Accident Advice Helpline can be reached on 0800 689 0500 for landlines and 0333 500 0993 for mobile phones.

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