If you have had an accident at work related to manual handling you should contact Edwards Hoyle who will advise you whether you have a claim. You will receive advice from a specialist ; one of our workplace accident experts. You may be able to claim compensation for yourself and by identifying and drawing attention to a particular workplace danger you may avert similar accidents in the future.

What is included in Manual Handling?

Manual handling is defined by the Health and Safety Executive as "Transporting, or supporting of loads by hand or bodily force". What this means is that while we expect manual handling to be a major activity in some work places such as building sites or warehouses, it actually takes place in most work environments to some degree. Even in an office things have to be moved, and something such as a box of stationery can present a significant load if not handled correctly. The object being handled may , for example , be a number of concrete blocks, but may also being a living thing a patient or colleague, or perhaps an animal.

More than a third of what are referred to as 'over three day' injuries result from some kind of manual handling incident, and over 1.1 million people in Britain suffer form musculoskeletal disorders that have been caused by, or exasperated by, manual handling accidents.

It is your employer's responsibility to avoid manual handling accidents where possible: It is accepted that manual handling accidents will happen, but it is the employer's responsibility to avoid the need for manual handling where possible, to assess the danger posed to his employees, and for reducing the risk of injury where manual handling can't be avoided.

You have responsibilities too

As an employee you must follow the processes in place, use the safety equipment provided, co-operate with your employer, informing of any dangers you have identified and you must not put others at risk. Notwithstanding these points if you have an accident at work related to manual handling you may be able to claim damages for your injuries and related expenses.

What should I do if I have had a manual handling accident at work?

If you have had an injury as a result of a manual handling accident you should contact our workplace accident specialists at Edwards Hoyle. We'll discuss the incident with you and accept your case to work on your behalf providing we believe you have strong grounds for a claim.

We work on a no win no fee arrangement. It won't cost you a penny.

When we accept your case we will do all we can to help you get your life back to normal, taking the stress away. If you are awarded damages you will receive the full amount awarded, and even in the unlikely event that your case is not successful you will not incur any charges.

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