If you are thinking of consulting some South Holland no win no fee* lawyers because you have suffered an accident in a care home then the chances are the accident involved some type of manual handling. Manual handling claims are amongst the most frequent type of claim handled by the South Holland no win no fee* lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline. The South Holland no win no fee* lawyers help the injured person to start a personal injury claim to get some compensation for the injuries that they have suffered in an accident that was no fault of their own.
The claim is started by the South Holland no win no fee* lawyers against the person or organisation that was at fault for the accident – in many cases this will be the person or organisation that is running the care home. If you are an employee then it may be made against your employer and may be paid out of an employer’s liability insurance policy. This is because there may have been things that the employer/care home operator could have done to prevent the accident. Here are a few examples.
Preventing South Holland no win no fee* lawyer claims in care homes – manual handling
The cornerstone of all manual handling safety procedures is a through and comprehensive risk assessment of all lifting tasks. The assessment has to be carried out before any lifting tasks are attempted and could include the following elements:
- The type and frequency of moving and handling tasks – have a careful consideration of what is being lifted and where it is being lifted to. It could be a person or it could be some machinery or some supplies. Where it is a person, the comfort, safety and dignity of that person are also of great importance and make the assessment more complicated.
- The range and amount of equipment needed – some tasks require more than one member of staff and others cannot be attempted at all without specialist lifting equipment like hoists and slings
- The equipment that is used for lifting has to be stored somewhere when it is not being used – this has to be considered because it can take up a lot of room. The equipment also has to be maintained properly so that it works correctly and does not become a hazard itself
- The staff that are doing the lifting have to be competent to do so. This means that they have to be trained and that training will need constant updating.
- The safety of a lifting procedure is greatly influenced by the location and environment. You will have to consider if the floor surface is level and firm, if the lighting is adequate and if there is sufficient space to carry out the lift safely