If you work in an environment where you are required to lift or move objects then it is essential that your employer ensures that you have received the necessary manual handling training to be able to perform such duties safely. This is party of your employers duty of care to you. Any failure to do so which results in an injury could lead you to seek no win no fee* accident compensation in Somerset.
If you do not receive the necessary training, or are not provided with the right equipment to perform such tasks safely and efficiently then you may be able to make a no win no fee* Somerset claim against your employer for any injuries you may have sustained.
Not just lifting
When it comes to manual handling tasks it is important to realise that this does not just relate to lifting. Of course, this is a large part of the process and many no win no fee* accident compensation in Somerset claims are made as a result of people not lifting items properly. However, we can also help people make ‘no win, no fee*’ accident compensation in Somerset claims for injuries they have sustained as a result of pulling and pushing.
Your employer should ensure that if you are lifting or moving heavy objects of any description that you have the necessary knowledge to be able to do this safely. It may be that you need to know a specific technique to ensure that when lifting you are not putting your back under any additional pressure and strain. Often this simply means being aware of the need to bend at the knees, rather than stooping to pick things up.
It is also important that policies are in place to ensure that things are done correctly. Without these it is easy for accidents to happen and no win no fee* accident compensation in Somerset claims to be made. From an employer’s point of view having documented policies and procedures in place can guard against ‘no win, no fee*’ Somerset claims being made. Even if someone is injured, if it is possible to demonstrate that you have discharged your duty of care and responsibility, then a claim is unlikely to be successful.
Such policies can include details of how much individual employees are allowed to carry or handle in any one go, how many people should work on a particular task, and what equipment should be used and when. Training should also be provided for how to use such equipment.
Can you make a no win, no fee* accident compensation in Somerset claim?
If you have injured your back as a result of a manual handling accident then contact Accident Advice Helpline today to find out if we can help you make a ‘no win, no fee*’ claim. We can look at the details of your accident and investigate the policies in place by your employer to establish the validity of your claim.
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Date Published: 22nd November 2014
Author: David Brown