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Major Trauma Group provides an overview on manual handling accidents at work and your right to make a claim. Contact us today for assistance.

Experiencing a serious manual handling accident at work can significantly affect the victim and their family. Injuries from these accidents can range in severity, with some employees enduring extreme pain that prevents them from working for an unknown period of time, leading to substantial loss of income and independence.

Employers are responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of their employees, as outlined in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Therefore, if you have been injured at work due to unsafe manual handling tasks, you may be eligible to claim personal injury compensation.

Major Trauma Group is made up of leading law firms across the country who are highly experienced in assisting clients who have suffered a serious injury due to a manual handling accident at work. Many of our members offer their expert services on a no win, no fee basis. If you are looking for more information regarding our personal injury services then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.

What is manual handling?

Manual handling refers to the process of lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, holding, or moving objects or a load by hand or bodily force. This activity is common in many workplaces and can involve tasks such as:

  • Lifting boxes or equipment
  • Carrying or moving supplies or materials
  • Pushing a trolley or cart
  • Pulling a pallet jack
  • Moving furniture

Awareness of manual handling activities is crucial because it is one of the leading causes of injuries in the working environment, especially musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as back pain, neck strain, and shoulder and arm injuries.

Common types of manual handling injuries

Manual handling with improper training, guidance or supervision can lead to risk of injury that can cause significant pain and discomfort. Some of the most common injuries we see due to the risks of manual handling include:

  • Herniated or Slipped Discs: Severe back injuries where spinal discs are damaged, causing intense pain and potential nerve damage.
  • Fractures: Broken bones, often in the hands, wrists, arms, or legs, resulting from heavy lifting or falls.
  • Severe Muscle Tears: Significant tears in muscles, particularly in the back, shoulders, and legs, leading to long recovery times.
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries: Major tears or ruptures in the shoulder’s rotator cuff, often requiring surgery and extensive rehabilitation.
  • Severe Tendonitis: Inflammation of tendons in areas like the shoulders, elbows, and wrists, causing chronic pain and disability.
  • Nerve Damage: Compression or injury to nerves, leading to numbness, weakness, or loss of function in affected areas.
  • Internal Organ Damage: Injuries to internal organs from falls or heavy impacts, which can be life-threatening.

Employers are expected to take reasonable steps to prevent the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling tasks.

What are your employer’s responsibilities?

Employers have a duty to attempt to prevent and mitigate manual handling accidents and injuries, ensuring a safe work environment under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. 

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Employers must conduct thorough risk assessments to identity potential hazards associated with manual handling tasks. These assessments should evaluate the severity and likelihood of accidents occurring and prioritise measures to eliminate or reduce these risks.

Additionally, employers should implement robust training programs that equip employees with the knowledge and skills necessary for safe manual handling techniques and the proper use of lifting equipment, such as forklifts, hoists and trolleys. This training should explicitly address potential risks, established safe practices, and the outcomes of risk assessments.

Records must also be kept detailing all of the health and safety measures in the workplace, including risk assessments, training records and accident reports. Employers are also legally required to report certain types of accidents, injuries, and incidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Compensation for manual handling accidents

Each personal injury case our Solicitors oversee is unique, and there is no clear cut answer to how much compensation you may expect to receive for a manual handling incident. As a general rule of thumb, the more severe an injury, the higher the amount of compensation. Ultimately, settlement amounts depend on various factors, including the severity of your injuries, the impact on your life, and the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Compensation for manual handling accidents is split into two categories. These are general damages and special damages.

General damages are to compensate you for the pain and suffering the accident or injury has caused. The amount awarded for general damages is based on judicial guidelines and precedents for similar injuries. Courts will consider factors such as the severity of the injury, your prognosis for recovery, and the impact on the your quality of life.

Special damages are awarded to compensate for specific financial losses and expenses incurred as a direct result of the injury. Special damages may include any loss of income if you have had to take time off work to recover, prescription costs, private medical expenses, travel costs and rehabilitation costs.

At Major Trauma Group, our member firms are passionate about the benefits of early access to specialist rehabilitation services. We believe that these services should be included in your personal injury settlement and will advocate for you to have access to this as soon as possible, even when your claim is still ongoing.

If you would like more information on compensation amounts for a manual handling accident then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. Our panel of experienced solicitors are best placed to advise you on what you may expect and the process of moving forward with a claim.

How can Major Trauma Group assist?

If you are looking for expert legal advice on claiming for a manual handling accident at work, then our panel of specialist work injury solicitors can assist you. We will discuss how your claim can be funded from the outset and may be able to offer our services on a no win, no fee basis, meaning you do not need to worry about the costs that can come with making a claim.

If you have any queries surrounding the process of making a personal injury claim with Major Trauma Group, then please get in touch with us today for a free, no-obligation discussion.

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