Manual handling injury claims occur in almost every workplace in some form or the other. The exact nature of manual handling activities that bring about a claim for compensation may vary considerably from one workplace to another, but they typically include injuries from lifting, pushing, carrying, lowering, or raising items. All of these actions could potentially put workers involved at risk for several different types of injuries depending on the size and weight of the item as well as the worker’s physical condition.
If your manual handling injury/ injuries are caused due to your employer’s negligence, the employer would be liable to compensate you for your injuries. Unfortunately, not all employers inform their employees about this legal requirement, neither do they make it easy for their workers to get manual handling injury compensation that would be due to them. The ideal way for you to get your due compensation is by having an experienced personal injury solicitor to represent you and file a case for manual handling accident compensation.
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Employers’ Obligations In The Workplace udar11685
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 is very clear about what an employer’s obligations are in the workplace. The Regulations state that where manual handling is unavoidable, employers must conduct an exhaustive risk assessment in order to identify all potential risks that could result from different activities. Once the risks are identified, employers are legally required to take appropriate steps to minimise those risks.
The Regulations further state that this risk assessment should not be limited to injuries resulting from moving or lifting materials at work. The risk assessment must be all-encompassing and include all risks that could possibly arise from any manual handling activity.
Individual traits of the employees performing any manual handling activities must also be taken into consideration when conducting risk assessments in the workplace. Employers must consider these factors:
The strength and capability of the individual worker;
The frequency with which the worker needs to undertake any manual handling activity;
The size and weight of the items to be moved;
The distance that any item is to be moved;
Any rest or break that the worker can avail of.
If manual handling cannot be entirely eliminated, after conducting the risk assessment, employers must take all possible precautionary measures to reduce the risk of injury to workers. As an example for preventing back injury from lifting at work these measures would include providing adequate lifting equipment as well as extensive training in the right way to lift and hoist heavy items.
If your employer fails to provide you with the proper equipment and training and if you sustain any manual handling injury at work, the employer may be liable to compensate you for your injuries.
Common Workplace Manual Handling Injury Claims udar11685
Sprains and strains are the most common injuries resulting in compensation claims because of incorrect or negligent workplace manual handling practices. These are not the only injuries however.
Other manual handling injuries may include but are not limited to:
Back and neck injuries;
Muscular injuries to the upper limbs;
Muscular injuries to the lower limbs;
Aggravation of existing medical conditions;
Breaks and fractures;
Although workers may sustain manual handling injuries in any working environment, some workplaces pose a higher risk because of the various dynamics within that industry. Workers employed in factories, construction/ building sites, warehouses, hospitals, and farms are at highest risk for sustaining manual handling injuries.