Manual handling is defined as the movement of items by either lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling; and can happen to anyone whether they work in an office or on a construction site. The risk factors associated with manual handling include:
- the weight of the item
- the number of times you have to pick up or carry an item
- the distance the item needs to be moved
- the level from the ground, any twisting, bending and any other awkward posture you may adopt in order to complete the task
Injuries that occur as a result of manual handling are often referred to as musculoskeletal disorders and include any injury, damage or disorder of the joints or other tissues in the upper or lower limbs of the back.
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR)
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) require employers to manage the risks to their employees.
In managing these risks the employer is expected to.
- Avoid hazardous manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable. Including redesigning the task to avoid moving the heavy load or by automating the process.
- Suitably assess the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided.
- Reduce the risk of injury from the manual handling operations as much as practicable. Providing mechanical assistance where possible through tools such as sack trolleys or hoists.
If you or a loved one have been injured at work due to a manual handling or heavy lifting accident then our team of Personal Injury (PI) lawyers may be able to help you bring a claim for compensation. Our lawyers have also assisted many relatives of those who have sadly died as a result of manual handling or heavy lifting accidents.
It is still possible to bring a claim for compensation if the accident at work was caused by the negligent acts of another member of staff.
Employment issues as a result of the accident
Our legal team can also assist with any employment law issues that may arise as a result of an accident at work. If you are dismissed or suffer a “detriment” because you have reported a health and safety issue or bring a claim for personal injury then you could also have an employment claim.
Time limit to bring a compensation claim
An injured individual generally has three years from the date of accident to bring a claim, although there are a few exceptions, which our legal team will be able to advise you upon.
If you or a loved one have been injured at work due to a manual handling or heavy lifting accident and you would like to make a claim for compensation please speak to one of our Personal Injury (PI) lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat or complete the request a call back form and we will call you.