According to UK law, all workers who have to perform manual tasks must be properly trained in how to carry out these tasks safely in order to minimise accidents and long-term health conditions. Machinery must also be used where possible so as to minimise physical labour.
Health conditions caused by incorrect manual handling
The Health and Safety Executive estimates that manual handling injuries account for over one third of all injuries in the workplace each year. These injuries include chronic pain, musculoskeletal disorders, and repetitive strain injuries of various sorts. Long-term disorders can be incredibly painful and debilitating, and can even result in the sufferer having to give up work for a period of time.
Thankfully, these kinds of long-term injuries are all fully preventable, as long as the manual worker receives the correct training. Knowing how to lift heavy items correctly, for example, prevents most back injuries as it puts strain on the legs rather than the spine.
What to do if you have been injured through manual handling at work
If you have developed a long-term injury as a result of incorrect manual handling procedures, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Whether your claim will be successful or not depends on whether your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence (in this case, most likely your employer’s). If you feel you have received inadequate training or supervision, this may indeed be the case.
To find out more about personal injury compensation and to discuss your case in detail, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our advisers are fully trained in all aspects of the law relating to personal injury compensation. We are a law firm which has been helping others just like you receive the compensation they are due for over 14 years, and we work primarily on a no win, no fee* basis.
Although you’re under no obligation to make a claim by simply making a call, if you’d like to go ahead, this will most likely be done entirely over the telephone. Contrary to popular opinion, personal injury compensation claims don’t often involve personal attendance at court. Our advisers will be able to explain the claims process in detail to you. For a very quick guide to your possible eligibility, consult our 30-second test online.