Manual handling is the transporting of goods, and includes lifting, putting down, carrying, pushing and pulling. Injuries sustained while carrying out this type of task are normally to the back and shoulders, and can have a devastating effect leaving you unable to work.
Employers should try and steer clear of delegating manual handling tasks. However, sometimes, they cannot be avoided, and it’s your boss’s responsibility to ensure you can safely handle the items that need carrying. A risk assessment should be carried out to consider your abilities, organise the task and decide if appropriate lifting equipment or additional help is needed.
Also, employees need to be trained on how to lift loads - that’s the law. They also have to provide regular refresher sessions so the whole team understands how to keep safe.
If you have sustained an injury at work due to manual handling, you may be able to make a claim for compensation to cover your loss of earnings. We will do all the hard work, such as looking through your employer’s risk assessments, training records etc., so you can concentrate on getting better.
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