If a workplace accident has been caused by inadequate manual handling training the injured employee can make a personal injury claim against their employer; the expert lawyers at Michael Lewin in Leeds handled a claim for Mr B who injured his back at work lifting a heavy item.
24 year old Mr B from Stafford injured his back when he was loading a large JCB chassis into an overhead track. Manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work and causes over a third of all workplace injuries.
Manual handling of heavy loads can damage the musculoskeletal system. Lower back pain injuries are the most common. The risk factors include handling a load that is too heavy or too large or unstable. The environment could pose a risk such as lack of space or an unstable or slippery floor. There are many risk factors to consider and an employer should ensure that a full risk assessment is completed for each manual handling operation in the workplace.
If an employer fails to follow the correct procedures and is found guilty of negligence they can be liable for any injuries sustained by their employees. Employers in the UK have been liable for millions of pounds worth of personal injury compensation claims in the last few years and in many cases it is just a lack of common sense which causes an accident.
Any personal injury claim involving manual handling in the workplace needs to be dealt with by qualified legal professionals; there are many regulations involved and the full circumstances of an accident needs to be analysed by expert personal injury claim lawyers such as Michael Lewin Solicitors in Leeds before the victim takes any further action.
Manual handling injuries occur in nearly all manual labour roles. Pre-existing injuries and inadequate training will all increase the chances that an injury will occur. Work related injuries are very expensive for the employee in terms of their quality of life outside the workplace. Sometimes repetitive strain injuries or back injuries which are picked up in the workplace can prevent the employee from enjoying hobbies which they once loved or can disrupt sleep patterns.
The Health and safety at work 1974 is by no means an exhaustive act other additional acts have also been introduced as supplements to enhance it such as the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 98). These additions are very much more niche to certain sectors of employment law which employers of office workers will rarely if ever need to deal with. Employers who have manual workers or who have workers who need to use machinery which is inherently dangerous can usually find more exhaustive requirements by asking a law firm or by doing a check for their legal obligations online.
If you have been injured in the workplace and you want to discuss your accident with a personal injury expert with regards to making a compensation claim call lawyers at Michael Lewin in Leeds today: 0844 499 9302