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Manual Handling

Have you suffered an accident at work  in an office, a factory, school, hospital or warehouse as a result of lifting , carrying or moving a load ?

You might have been asked to carry something  which was just too heavy for you. This could be anything such as a box, a piece of machinery, even a person or an animal. Anywhere where you have been asked to manually lift, carry or move any load. It covers cases where you have been asked to push something heavy such as a heavy cage or pallet.


We have won thousands of cases over the years and helped people win financial compensation to cover injuries , loss of earnings and financial losses where  they have been injured at work because they have tripped or slipped over.

If the accident was the employer’s fault why should you suffer in silence ?   Your employer will usually be insured and we will be able to represent you .


We will write to your employer and make your claim. We will try to help you . If liability is admitted we will try to secure an interim payment from your employer to help tide you over when you might be suffering financial problems.

We will arrange for you to have a medical examination and do our best to get you the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible.


In appropriate cases we will be happy to act for you on a no win no fee basis . This means that usually , even if we take on your case but for some reason you do not win you will not be charged. Please see our No Win No Fee page for more information .

Therefore, if you have suffered such an accident please contact us. There is no charge for a chat and review of your claim and we may be able to work for you on a no win no fee basis.

So, you have nothing to lose and you will always get a sympathetic ear.

When you are in work your employer owes you a common law duty of care. This means your employer has a legal duty to take reasonable care of your health and safety at work. Under the Manual Handling Operations regulations 1993 your employer must ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, that you avoid any hazardous manual handling operations.

Firstly, your employer should have carried out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment of the risk to your health and safety of requiring you to carry out a manual handling operation. Your employer should consider if the need for the manual handling can be avoided if practicably reasonable, perhaps by using a mechanical aid such as a hoist or a  lift.

If your employer, after risk assessing the manual handling operation reasonably decides the manual handling cannot be avoided then they have to try to reduce the risk to the lowest possible level.

The risk assessment which they have carried out must be kept under periodic review so that new members of staff are considered and also to take into consideration any changes in the actual manual handling operation which could increase the risk to  your health and safety. Your employer must instruct, train and give information to you about the manual handling operation before you are asked to perform it.

So your employer must firstly see if the manual handling can be avoided altogether. If this is not reasonably practicable, your employer should consider mechanical aids to help you such as a pump truck, hoist or lift . If your employer considers that the use of a mechanical aid would assist he will have to then carry out a further risk assessment to consider what if any new risks to health and safety might be introduced into the procedure.

Your employer must train you in the safe way to carry out manual handling operations. Training is a legal requirement going back to The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Training is very important.

Training should be given to all employees who are required to carry out manual handling operations. Your employer must tell you information about the load including it’s weight and any unusual characteristics which might affect your ability to carry it.

Contact us today for a free no obligation chat

0161 443 4141

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