What are manual handling injuries?
Manual handling injuries most often occur at work – mainly resulting from the need to carry, lift, lower, push or pull heavy objects.
Your employer has a duty to you as their employee to protect you from injuries by providing you with sufficient training if you do need to handle heavy objects, or preventing you from needing to carry out manual tasks if you have not been trained to do so. If you have been injured as a result of your employer, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Who is most at risk of manual handling injuries?
Although any worker may be at risk from injury, certain working environments may place their employees at greater risk, due to the nature of the work. These environments may include:
- Construction sites.
Employees who work in these industries may be subjected to handling heavy goods. If this is the case, then the employer must take all measures possible to prevent accident or injury.
Areas of the body affected by manual handling injuries may include:
- Foot or ankle.
Whatever your injury type, if your employer has neglected to protect you from incurring an injury then you may be entitled to make a claim.
How should an employer protect an employee?
Employers should take measures to minimise the risks posed by manual handling by reducing the need for handling heavy items, carrying out risk assessments and explicitly explaining health and safety measures to employees. They should also pay attention to the risks outlined by employees, and take action as appropriate to minimise the chance of accidents.
How can claims be made?
If you have received an injury due to manual handling, then you can make a claim if it occurred due to employer negligence, happened within the last three years and resulted in an injury which needed the attention of a doctor or other medical professional.
To make a claim, you should get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible. If you have information to hand such as a medical report, details of your accident, photographs of the accident site and the contact details of your employer and any witnesses, then this can be very useful.
At Accident Advice Helpline, our professional and friendly advisors will help you at every step of the way, ensuring you are able to relax throughout the claims process. All cases are handled on a no-win, no-fee basis by one of our trusted legal experts. By using in-house lawyers, we can ensure that you are able to receive specialist advice from lawyers with specific experience in your particular accident type.
To get in touch, please either fill out our short online claim form, or call our advice line on 0800 689 0500 which is available 7 days a week.
Date Published: 26th February 2013
Author: Sharon Parry