Manual handling injuries at work

Manual handling injuries are common in the workplace, particularly for those who are lifting heavy objects. First4Lawyers can help if you’ve been injured due to your work.

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HSE statistics show that manual handling, lifting and carrying was the cause of 21% of accidents at work in 2017/18. The highest occurrences take place in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries.

What is manual handling?

Manual handling is a common task in many manufacturing and labour-intense jobs. It can be applied to a wide range of activities, which require a person to lift, lower, push, pull or carry loads.

Types of manual handling injuries

Incorrect manual handling can cause work-related musculoskeletal injuries, like:

Who can I claim against?

Your employer has a duty of care to look after you and prevent accidents occurring, as you perform your job. Risk assessments should be carried out, to evaluate the possible causes of harm and precautions should be taken to prevent manual handling hazards.

If you are injured as a result of a work activity, you may be able to make a manual handling injury claim against your employer.

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What safety measures should my employers have for manual handling?

Employers have a legal obligation under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk to employees from the manual handling of loads.

Having done a risk assessment to identify possible hazards, your employer should consider factors such as:

  • Training requirements on the use of equipment and manual handling techniques for lifting and moving objects.
  • Can manual handling be avoided completely?
  • Can any assistive machinery, such as hoists or conveyor belts, be used to help lift heavy loads?
  • Can large loads be split down?
  • How many people are needed to lift the required amount?
  • Can changes be made to the environment, to avoid unnecessary risk?

How much compensation will I receive for a manual handling injury?

This very much depends on the extent of your injuries and the impact is it likely to have on your life. The severity and degree of pain, as well as any ongoing symptoms and recovery time is all taken into account. As an example, a slipped disc caused by heavy lifting was recently awarded £3,500. A straightforward hernia tends to be awarded £2,980 to £6,330 and ‘minor’ back injuries up to £10,970. You can use our compensation calculator to get an idea of the figures.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

Claims for accidents at work should generally be made within three years of the accident or injury taking place. But give us a call to discuss your individual circumstances.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

Just get in touch for a free, no-obligation discussion about your situation. You can give us a call or request a callback at the top of the screen. Or you might prefer to fill in our online claim form.

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Jacqueline Batty

Jacqueline Batty

Head of Claims

Jacqueline is our head of claims.
She is a qualified solicitor and has practised as a specialist in personal injury cases. A recent addition to our team, Jacqueline has moved to a managerial and coaching role with us, where she is keen to continue the team's training and development to ensure every customer continues to get a first class service.

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