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Manual Handling Accident Claims

Our specialist accidents at work lawyers have helped thousands of people recover physically and financially following an accident at work, including those involving manual handling activities.


Manual Handling Accident Compensation Injury Claims Scotland

Manual handling accidents can result in significant injuries and financial burdens for individuals. Whether it occurs in the workplace, during transportation, or in any other setting, the physical strain and improper lifting techniques can lead to severe harm. Individuals who have suffered injuries due to manual handling accidents in Scotland may be entitled to receive compensation.

Ineffective movement and handling techniques may result in back pain and musculoskeletal conditions which can prevent workers from performing their jobs safely, which increases the risk of accidents involving moving and handling that could cause both the person being moved and the employee to sustain injuries. 

Manual Handling Claim Lawyers Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee & Perth

Injuries from manual lifting that frequently happen in workplaces such as factories, warehouses, care homes or elsewhere can include:

  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Work -related upper limb disorders
  • Muscle pulls and strains

What duties does my employer have to prevent injury?

Employers have a duty to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their work activities. This is covered by various legislation, including the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. To discuss your specific circumstances with a member of our personal injury team, call us today on 0800 988 8082 or complete our online enquiry form and one of our experts will get back to you right away. We will help you claim the compensation you deserve. 

Employers have the responsibility to ensure that everything is reasonably done to fulfil their responsibilities.

Your employers should: -

  • Assess the risks to their employees.
  • Provide information about risks; and
  • Give appropriate training to their employees and provide any equipment that is necessary to carry out their role safely and effectively whilst minimising the risk of injury

What sort of equipment should I be provided with?

Depending on the unique requirements of a role in any given workplace, different equipment types and quantities will be required. Equipment vendors should take the following into account the requirements of the individual, whilst ensuring the safety of the individual and any staff members.

Essential equipment could include:-

  • Hoists;
  • Slide sheets;
  • Slings;
  • Wheelchair;
  • Transfer boards
  • Support rails
  • Bariatric equipment
  • Walking aids

It is also important at all times to follow safe working procedures when using such equipment, and your employer has a duty to provide you with the appropriate manual handing training. If you are injured as a result of a manual handling incident, and you feel that your employer has breached their duty of care, then it may be possible to make a claim for compensation. 

Manual Handling Claim Lawyers Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee & Perth

What should I do if I am injured in a manual handling accident at work?

If you are injured at work as a result of a manual handling accident, it is important to ensure you do the following:

  • Report the incident as soon as possible, and complete an accident report form
  • Take photographs of your injury/injuries if you can
  • Get details of any witnesses to the incident

Is there a time limit for manual handling personal injury claims in Scotland?

With all personal injury claims, there is a three-year time limit. We recommend seeking advice from a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible.  

For a free initial consultation to discuss your case with a member of our team, call us today on 0800 988 8082 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you right away.


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