Manual Handling & Lifting Injury at Work Claims
If you have sustained an injury as a result of lifting or carrying out manual handling tasks at work you may be entitled to claim compensation for injury plus any financial losses or expenses incurred.
What is ‘Manual Handling’?
Manual handling is moving, lifting or supporting any load or item at work. This includes the actions of lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving anything by hand or using bodily force.
In many manual handling and lifting cases the injury is not sustained in an ‘accident’ but as a result of poor lifting techniques, unsafe systems of work, poor workplace layout and inadequate training. Common lifting injuries include back injuries and muscle strains.
Have you suffered a manual handling injury at work?
If you have sustained a manual handling or lifting injury at work and are unsure whether or not you can make a claim you should contact us for free advice as soon as possible. We are happy to provide free, no obligation advice by phone or at a free meeting and free home visits are available throughout Lancashire.
If we feel that you are entitled to make a claim we will explain the whole claim process to you and if you decide that you wish to pursue a claim for compensation we will be happy to act on a no win – no fee basis. If the claim is unsuccessful there is nothing to pay.
Frequently asked questions in manual handling and lifting injury at work claims:
Q: Is there a maximum weight a person can lift during their work?
A: There is no absolute maximum allowed by law but there are guidelines setting out safe guideline weights – read more
Q: What steps must my employer take to avoid manual handling and lifting injuries at work?
A: Your employer has a duty to ensure you are provided with proper and adequate training to ensure that you are aware of the proper way to lift, carry, put down, push and pull any load you are moving or supporting. The employer also has a duty to ensure that the system of work being used is safe and that the workplace is safe and suitable for the task being carried out. Read more
Q: What are the factors that my employer should take into account when assessing manual handling tasks at work?
A: There are a number of key factors including the task, the individual carrying out the task, the load and the workplace environment – read more
Q: What steps can an employer take to reduce the risk of manual handling injury?
A: The best option is to eliminate the need for employees to carry out manual handling operations. If this is not possible then steps should be taken to reduce the risk of injury from manual handling and lifting tasks to the lowest practicable level – read more.
Q: If I have suffered an injury whilst lifting at work how do I make a claim for compensation?
A: Contact us and we will provide free advice about making a claim. We can act on a no win-no fee basis so you need not worry about the costs of making a claim.