The South Kesteven no win no fee* lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline find that one of the more common causes of accidents in care homes are manual handling activities. The South Kesteven no win no fee* lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline are highly skilled in helping people to start personal injury claims if they have been injured in a manual handling accident in a care home that was not their own fault.
A frequent cause of accidents of this nature is a failure to carry out an adequate risk assessment. Sometimes, no risk assessment at all has been completed! This is the sort of evidence that the South Kesteven no win no fee* lawyers may refer to in order to prove that an employer was to blame for a particular accident. The next stage for the South Kesteven no win no fee* lawyers would be to negotiate a sum in compensation.
Avoiding South Kesteven no win no fee* lawyers by conducting manual handling risk assessments
A risk assessment should adequately cover the moving and handling needs of a patient – in order to protect their safety and that of the employees that are doing the lifting. Lifting can occur during the day and during the night and both situations may have to be risk assessed. The risk assessment should consider:
- Exactly what the resident or patient is able to do independently and what they cannot achieve independently
- The extent to which the resident can support their own weight – this may be a variable factor
- Other relevant factors that may affect the lift such as pain, disability, spasm, fatigue, tissue viability or tendency to fall
- The extent to which the resident can participate in or cooperate with lifting including transfers from one place to another
- Whether the resident will need assistance to reposition themselves or to sit up after the lift or on a regular basis. This can mean lifting the resident upright in their bed or chair. Consideration should be given to how this will be achieved – sometimes an electric profiling bed has to be used
- The specific equipment to be used in the particular lift. This means firstly considering what type of bed, bath and chair will be used. Then the specific handling equipment needs to be selected – the type of hoist and sling, sling size and appropriate attachments
- The level of assistance required for different types of transfer – this looks at the number of staff that will be needed. Lifts where a hoist is used often require more than one worker to assist to make sure that the transfer is safely completed.
Date Published: 12th September 2014
Author: Sharon Parry