Those fateful words ‘do you mind giving me a hand moving that stuff?’ have been the opening chorus for a host of back, leg, neck and sprain injuries over the years – particularly where the recipient of those words unhesitatingly and equally fatefully replies ‘yes, no problem.’
A problem is something it definitely can become for the inexperienced or unauthorised handler who then lifts something he/she and their body can’t handle. The thing is, if you’re complicit in doing a friend or work colleague a favour by helping them out in moving heavy boxes or materials and you’re injured in the process, you may not have a leg to stand on – perhaps literally – when it comes to compensation for the incident.
Lifting and moving
Where employees are required to lift and move packages, equipment and even hazardous liquids or powdered materials, the employer has a duty to ensure they have the right training. It’s in his and his workforce’s interest that manual handling accidents don’t happen and it’s not enough to provide training if other safeguards are not in place to maintain employee safety.
Every week at Accident Advice Helpline we hear from people who have been injured at work and very often the circumstances of the accident constitute a manual handling training claim. This is where the employee has been asked to perform a task in handling materials for which he has not been trained. In such instances, the employer’s duty of care to staff in terms of safety is either very lax or non-existent.
Manual handling training claim
If you’ve been injured at work in such a scenario, call Accident Advice Helpline. You can make a free call to us to start a manual handling training claim against the party at fault. This is usually the employer in such circumstances. In a 30-second test we will need you to confirm that the accident happened within the last three years, you were not to blame for it and that you needed medical treatment as a result. We’ll then connect you with one of our no-win, no-fee* solicitors who has in-depth knowledge of how to pursue a manual handling training claim.
Impact on victims
Of course, any injuries sustained by workers by handling goods and services, say, in a warehouse situation that have not been properly trained and supervised, can have a huge impact on the victims and their families.
The physical pain aside, loss of wages through having to take time off work can have devastating financial consequences on the home front. Your Accident Advice Helpline solicitor will be able to fight your corner for the loss of income as well as all other costs incurred as a result of the accident injury. This will be on top of any award given as a result of the manual handling training claim.
The compensation will include medical care expenses where the victim needs special surgery, the support of a physiotherapist, other rehabilitation treatments such as psychological therapy, and of course any domestic or nursing care costs.
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