Manual handling injuries account for one in every three accidents at work in the UK. These accidents happen despite UK employers being obliged to follow The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, which “requires employers to take into account the whole handling operation, including the external physical properties of loads which might either affect grip or cause direct injury.” However, 300,000 people or more still fall victim to accidents and injuries involving manual handling (Unison.org.uk), often because of negligence by employers.
What causes manual handling injuries to happen?
The risk of injuries involving manual handling is often greater in occupations involving the following:
- Heavy loading tasks
- Large loading tasks
- Difficult to grasp or unstable to load items
- Highly strenuous or awkwardly positioned tasks
- Work environments with limited space
- Unstable, uneven or slippery floors
Types of manual handling injuries
Too much pressure on the back, spine and neck muscles can result in manual handling injuries. These injuries often occur in connection with negligent behaviour whereby employers did not follow the safety guidelines or allowed for equipment to be used incorrectly. Below are common injury types that may present as a result of manual handling. This list is not extensive, and other injuries or accidents can occur.
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Strains and sprains
- Slips, trips and falls
- Upper and/or lower limb muscular injuries
- Fractures and breaks
- Foot injuries
If you wish to speak to someone about your manual handling accident, please call us on 0161 665 350.
How much compensation can I claim for a manual handling injury?
The level of compensation will vary based on the type and severity of your injury and any rehabilitation treatment required for you to get better. You may also be able to claim for loss of earnings, medical expenses, travel expenses and general damages.
What is the process for making a manual handling claim?
At Garratts, we advise anyone who has suffered from a manual handling injury and is considering making a claim to follow these steps:
- Record the accident within your employer's accident book.
- List the names and addresses of any witnesses.
- Obtain photographs of the accident scene.
- Ask your employer to support you with your recovery.
- Inform the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) of the accident.
- If required, seek medical care and keep all medical records and details of any expenses you have had to cover initially.
- Speak to our team of legal experts, who will advise you about your claim free of charge. You can get in touch via 0161 665 3502 or fill in our contact form.
Following an initial consultation, our team of personal injury solicitors will gather the required evidence on your behalf. We may also arrange for an independent medical examination to be completed. Rest assured that we will undertake all necessary negotiations and represent you in court if required. However, most of our personal injury claims are dealt with via out of court settlements.
How much compensation can I get for my manual handling injury?
At Garratts, we offer all of our personal injury services on a No Win No Fee basis. If your claim is successful, you will pay us a success fee capped at a maximum of 25% of the compensation awarded.