Manual handling accidents are amongst some of the most common accidents at work. They occur when someone is lifting, pulling, putting down, and moving objects by hand. The injuries from manual handling accidents can be serious, ranging from muscle injuries, to more serious musculoskeletal disorders that can become life-long injuries. These injuries may also worsen, causing you pain and discomfort for a long time. If you have been injured in a manual handling accident that was not your fault, we may be able to help.
Manual Handling Accidents at Work
Manual handling accidents often happen due to incorrect or inadequate training. Employers are responsible for ensuring that all their staff receive the correct training when it comes to manual handling. If you have had incorrect or inadequate training in terms of manual handling, your employer may be at fault for your accident. According to The Health and Safety Executive, manual handling accidents accounted for 20% of all workplace accidents in 2018-2019. The most common injuries from manual handling accidents are back injuries.
There are laws in place to protect you at work whilst manual handling. Your employer is responsible for making sure guidelines such as the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 are being followed. This reduces the chance of accidents happening, and is designed to protect staff.
The most common industries where manual handling accidents happen include:
- Warehouse and storage- where the staff are mainly doing picking and packing work
- Construction- where the staff are moving heavy tools, or everyday items such as bricks and cement
- Care and medical workers– where the staff are moving and handling people
- Factory staff- who are usually pushing and pulling heavy loads with no equipment
- Retail workers- in particular those working in the stock areas, as they are lifting and moving deliveries and stock
In these industries, risk assessments must be regularly carried out by the employers to ensure that everyone is working safely, and to prevent accidents happening.
If you have had a manual handling accident whilst working for an agency, you have the same right to claim as a permanent employee. Employers have a duty of care to everyone who is working for the company, including agency staff. Agency staff must have the adequate site induction when starting at a new company. Agency staff must also have the same level of training as a permanent employee would have, and the same risk assessments must also be carried out.
Risk assessments are vital in ensuring that manual handling accidents do not happen. The employer is responsible for completing risk assessments. This makes sure that all employees who undertake manual handling do so safely.
During a risk assessment, your employer takes into consideration factors such as; training needs and manual handling techniques for each object being moved, the amount of people required to lift the object safely, if it a large load- whether it can be split down to make it easier to manage, if any equipment is required to help with the handling, and whether the handling can be avoided.
Employers should, where possible, provide equipment to help with the handling, or provide extra staff members to help. Every employee who has to do manual handling as part of their job must also have the correct training.
Claiming for Manual Handling Accidents
You may have reservations about claiming against your employer, however, all employers must have employer’s liability insurance. This covers them should accidents at work happen. The solicitors we work with deal with the insurance company, not directly with your employer.
As with most other personal injury claims, you have three years to make a claim. It is better to start your claim as soon as possible, as it can be easier for a solicitor to access records the closer to the accident you start.
How we can help
Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with claims involving manual handling accidents, so they are extremely well placed to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today via our contact form or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.