Just as it sounds, a manual handling accident is an accident that happens when someone is involved with handling an object by hand. Manual handling accidents often happen in the workplace, and usually due to the inadequate provision of training on how to correctly handle large and heavy objects so as not to cause injury.
Professions where manual handling accidents are likely
Although manual handling injuries are often received by workers in the construction industry, many other professionals have to perform manual handling occasionally as part of their normal duties. Office workers, for example, may occasionally have to lift and carry heavy boxes or pieces of office equipment. Nurses and other hospital workers may have to push patients on gurneys and occasionally move heavy pieces of hospital machinery. Cleaners may regularly have to use heavy pieces of cleaning equipment or sometimes move heavy items in order to perform their regular duties.
Preventing manual handling accidents
In almost every case, manual handling accidents can be prevented with the provision of adequate training. Back injuries are most often caused by lifting heavy items, and can almost always be prevented by simply changing the part of the body which takes the strain. If a worker in any industry has to perform a manual handling task (even occasionally), they must be trained on how to do it properly so as to prevent injury.
If you have been injured in a manual handling accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Remember: ‘through no fault of your own’ doesn’t just mean that you have been directly injured by someone else. It also means having been injured through a lack of proper training or supervision. Personal injury compensation is a legal provision which exists to compensate the victims of others’ negligence for their physical suffering, costs, and loss of income.
If you’d like to find out more about personal injury compensation, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. They’ll be able to tell you whether or not your claim is likely to be successful, and how much compensation you could potentially receive. Although you’re under no obligation to continue with a claim simply by making a call, our advisers will explain the claims process to you and if you choose to go ahead, it will most likely be done entirely over the telephone and on a no win, no fee basis.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown