When you ask the team of Wigan ‘no win, no fee’ lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline to sort your manual handling accident claim from a catering premises they will be looking at two things. When they are attempting to establish liability for the accident (sorting out who was to blame) they will be investigating whether your employer could have avoided the risks of your injury all together or if they could have reduced the risk in some way.
Once the Wigan ‘no win, no fee’ lawyers have established that you employer did not take all appropriate steps to remove or minimise the risk then they will set about negotiating a sum in compensation.
Wigan ‘no win, no fee’ lawyers and catering accidents – avoiding the risk in manual handling
The first priority for all catering employers should always be to avoid the risks entirely, if reasonably practicable. There are several ways in which they may be able to achieve this and some are listed here:
- The layout of the kitchen could be reorganised in order to avoid unnecessary stretching and lifting – this does not have to be a big job, it may just mean moving a few pieces of equipment around or moving storage areas
- Using a dishwashing machine instead of washing up by hand
- Scheduling regular breaks for staff who are carrying out lifting jobs
- Introducing a system of job rotation to cut down the time that each employee has to spend on a lifting job
Wigan ‘no win, no fee’ lawyers and catering accidents – minimising the risk in manual handling
If the risk cannot be avoided all together then measures should be taken to minimise the risk. Some employers in catering premises have done this by:
- Replacing or repairing uneven or slippery floors to make sure that the lifting task is carried out on a safe and regular surface – this cuts down the risk of injury in a lifting task
- Providing trolley ramps at changes in floor level so that catering trolleys can be more easily moved around the work place
- Keeping all catering equipment well maintained – make sure that it can be used easily without having to use excessive force to open doors, close lids and so on
- Ensure that shelving in the store room is not overloaded
- Installing automatic doors – this is especially useful if staff have to carry things through them frequently
- Using mechanical aids to make jobs easier. An example of this would be using large mixer bowls on wheeled dollies – this removes the need to lift the mixer bowl around the kitchen. Also, sack trucks could be used to move the sacks of ingredients to the mixing bowl without the need for lifting.
Date Published: 6th September 2014
Author: Sharon Parry