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Our first class legal team is specifically designed to give
you at work the complete service, with strength,
support and efficiency throughout.

Manual handling and repetitive injury claims

Contrary to common belief, Manual Handling includes not only lifting, but also, activities involving pushing and pulling.

Therefore,  individuals at risk of suffering a repetitive manual handling injury at work are not only those thought to work in ‘heavier’ roles, such as warehouse workers, but also those employed in so called ‘lighter’ jobs such as office workers.

Whilst it is possible to make a claim against your employer for negligence arising out of a single act, which has caused an injury, here we are referring to continuous repeated actions, which, over time, can cause ‘wear and tear’ and result in injury.

Manual handling injuries are common but usually avoidable. The Manual Handling Regulations 1992 (amended in 2002) are in place to protect employees from such injuries at work. Employers are under a legal obligation to minimise the risk of their employees suffering a manual handling injury. For example by considering whether such a task needs to be performed manually or, alternatively, whether it could be done by mechanical means, by carrying out a risk assessment and by providing adequate training.

Because oflegal time limits for bringing claims for compensation, it is important that you seek legal advice promptly.

If you have been diagnosed with a repetitive manual handling injury then please contact a member of the Occupational Disease Team, at Maxwell Hodge on: 0151-548-7370