Are you looking into the idea of filing a manual handling training claim on the Isles of Scilly? Well, there are a few things that will need to be established if you wish to be successful with your compensation claim:
- You must have been injured
- The incident must have occurred within the last three years
- Your employer must be to blame for your injuries
On this page, we are going to take a little look at the most important of these three elements which need to be proven, and that is – that your employer must be to blame for your injuries.
What are your employer’s responsibilities?
It is the responsibility of your employer to ensure that you are as safe as possible in the workplace. Now, it is, obviously, impossible for them to completely eliminate every single risk out there and people will be injured no matter how many precautions are taken. It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that the risk of injury is reduced as far as reasonably practical.
Most of the information that you need with regards to your employer’s responsibility when it comes to a manual handling training claim on the Isles of Scilly can be found in the manual handling rules and regulations. There is a responsibility for them to ensure that you stay safe and training is probably the best way to handle this.
What should the employer be doing?
The employer should be training the employees to carry heavy goods properly. Now, whilst there is no legal requirement with regards to the maximum amount of weight that a person should be carrying on their own (contrary to popular belief), the employer must ensure that the goods which are being moved are as light as reasonably practical.
The employer should also be reducing the amount of manual handling that is taking place i.e. using forklift trucks and other similar machinery whenever required.
How do you know if your employer is negligent?
Now, just because you have suffered a lifting injury at work it does not necessarily mean that your employer has been negligent. They are only to be seen as negligent if they acted in an inherently dangerous manner.
If your employer goes above and beyond what is required when it comes to training, risk assessment, and reducing the amount of weight you are carrying, then it is unlikely they will need to pay compensation to employees who have suffered an injury. However, if they do not do any of that and do nothing to reduce the risk of injury, then they probably will need to pay compensation. Start a manual handling training claim on the Isles of Scilly today.
Start the process of filing a manual handling training claim on the Isle of Scilly today
Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if you are calling from a mobile to find out about a manual handling training claim on the Isles of Scilly.
Date Published: 2nd November 2015
Author: David Brown