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Accidents While Lifting - Legal Advice in Glasgow, Scotland

Unfortunately, it is very common for injuries to occur when employees are required to lift objects at work, particularly on building sites, and in warehouses, factories, shops and restaurants. If you have suffered a back injury, or any other injury from lifting at work, you may have a claim against your employer if they acted negligently.

The thought of taking action against your employer can be daunting, but when you have suffered an injury that was not your fault, it is important you get the answers and compensation you are due. Contact Jones Whyte Law today and our helpful, dedicated solicitors will be on hand to give you the assistance you need.

The Law on Manual Handling at Work

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR) set out the safety requirements for manual handling at work, and impose duties on employers. If an employer fails to fulfil their obligations, and an employee is injured as a result, they are liable. The measures employers must take to deal with risks from manual handling are ranked by MHOR as follows:

  1. Avoid manual handling operations so far as is reasonable.
  2. Assess manual handling operations that cannot be avoided.
  3. Reduce the risk of injury so far as is reasonable.

Your employer may be responsible for your injury if they, for example, failed to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) or adequate training on safe lifting.

Compensation Claims for Accidents While Lifting

It can be difficult to know whether your employer is in fact responsible for an accident you have sustained at work. That is why it is important to get advice from a personal injury law specialist, who will review the evidence and let you know whether your case is likely to succeed.

There are certain actions you can take to ensure you have a strong case. For example, you should:

  • seek medical attention for your injury without delay;
  • enter the details of the accident in your employer’s accident book; and
  • identify any witnesses and gather their names and addresses.

Do not worry if you have not already done these things. We will talk you through the actions you can take to strengthen your case and help you gather key evidence.

Contact Our Lifting Injury Lawyers in Glasgow, Scotland

The personal injury solicitors at Jones Whyte are highly qualified and experienced in bringing claims on behalf of employees injured while lifting at work, or while carrying out any other form of manual handling. If you think your employer may have failed in their duty to you when it comes to lifting at work – no matter how minor you might consider your injury – contact us today for a free and confidential discussion. A three-year time limit applies to most accident claims, so please seek advice as soon as possible.

We take pride in our commitment to client care and getting the results they need. If you require expert legal advice and representation from solicitors who will always put your best interests first, please contact us. Call our Glasgow head office on 01413751222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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