What are the requirements?
The Regulations require employers to avoid the need for hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable.
They also require employers to assess the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling that can't be avoided.
They also require employers to reduce the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable.
What does "reasonably practicable" mean?
The extent of the employer's duty to avoid manual handling or to reduce the risk of injury is determined by reference to what is "reasonably practicable".
These obligations are satisfied if the employer can show that the cost of any further preventative steps would be grossly disproportionate to the benefit that their introduction would bring.
The Regulations also impose duties on employers whose employees carry out manual handling away from the employer's premises. In these circumstances, where possible, the employer should liaise with the controller of the premises.
Even though the workplace may be outwith the employer's control, details pertaining to the task, the load, and any necessary training/equipment etc, still remain within the employer's control so it will still be possible to establish a safe system of work.
Many workers are self-employed for tax and national insurance purposes. However, for the purposes of health and safety, these workers are still regarded as employees and therefore the employer (or contractor) must make specific provisions for this category of workers.
How will I know if my employer has been negligent?
Thompsons' work accident solicitors in Scotland can help you if you have suffered a manual handling injury which could and should have been prevented.
We can quickly ascertain whether your employer is liable and we will strive to achieve the maximum amount of compensation possible for your injuries. Contact us today using the green buttons on this page.
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