Manual handling tasks typically involve employees using their bodies to transport or support goods. Although these jobs can be completed safely, numerous staff members are unfortunately injured each year after being instructed to carry an excessively heavy load.
If you are one of these people, Seth Lovis & Co could assist you in obtaining compensation.
How common are manual handling accidents?
Although legislation has been implemented to reasonably prevent employees from harm in the transportation or delivery of weighty objects – such as the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 – these items are responsible for a staggering number of workplace accidents.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, more than a third of all injuries at work occur as a result of manual handling.
It seems many of these could have included musculoskeletal disorders – injuries which typically affect the joints, arms, or legs. Yet, manual handling accidents also have the potential to cause:
- Repetitive strain injury
- Finger and thumb injuries
- Back pain
- Muscle damage
How much weight can I safely carry?
As every person is different, and might be able to safely transport loads which others believe to be excessive, it is virtually impossible to set a definite carrying limit in the workplace. Instead, the Manual Handling Operations Regulations specifies that employers should implement suitable measures when staff members are in danger of suffering personal injury.
For example, they could:
- Ensure workers know how to safely accomplish manual handling tasks
- Reduce the weight which individuals have to carry
- Redesign the process to make it more ergonomic
- Reduce the risk by providing appropriate equipment, such as a hoist or trolley
However, if your manager failed to prevent a manual handling accident – and you were harmed as a result – you could be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.
How do I claim for a manual handling accident?
At Seth Lovis & Co, our team of expert personal injury solicitors have helped numerous employees receive damages after sustaining harm in manual handling accidents – and they could benefit you as well.
Our lawyers can advise you on the prospects of your case and determine whether or not your claim is likely to be successful. Moreover, they can do so on a no-win-no-fee basis.
To speak with a member of our team about your manual handling accident, contact us today on 0370 218 4025. Alternatively, complete an online enquiry form and a member of our team will call you for a free, no obligation consultation on your case.