Manual handling at work causes over one third of all workplace injuries. It can cover a variety of areas, such as lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling. The most common manual handling injuries, perhaps unsurprisingly, relate to the back.
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 govern the procedures which should be put in place in relation to manual handling at work, and whilst the employer has certain duties, employees must also ensure that they adhere to the regulations when performing manual handling tasks. Failure to do so may result in the employee breaching company procedures and possibly suffering an injury.
If you, as an employee, suffer an injury at work, you should not be treated less favourably as a result of reporting the injury or making a claim against your employer. If you are dismissed as a result of reporting an injury or making a claim against your employer, this could constitute unfair dismissal.
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