Health and Safety liability – Manual Handling
I have mentioned in previous blogs that the majority of businesses who have employees are legally required to have Employers’ Liability insurance.
Should an employee become injured or ill due to the work they carry out for you, they can claim compensation from you. This is why it is important to follow health and safety legislation. And it doesn’t have to be difficult. There are consultants and businesses who are able to advise and guide you through HSE legislation to make this easier for you.
One company we work with for Health and Safety is James Woolgrove Associates who offered this advice around Manual Handling issues:-
By getting help to change the way you work, you can reduce manual handling risks. The HSE have recently confirmed what I have said for a long time. New guidance on the HSE web site states “ Research has shown that general training in lifting techniques is an ineffective way of controlling the risks of manual handling in businesses. ”
Rather than just getting off the shelf training to lift a cardboard box we need to look at the task that is being undertaken. I was once asked to train people in manual handling to lift a heavy object and carry it over a fence and into a building. My advice put in a gate and use a trolley- the major hazard had been removed and the process simplified.
The Health & Safety Executive quote on their website:-
As long as you have taken reasonable steps to prevent accidents or harm to your employees (and the injury or illness was caused after 1 October 2013), you shouldn’t have to pay compensation. However, if a court finds you are liable, employers’ liability insurance will help you to pay any compensation for your employees’ injuries or illness. http://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/managing/insurance.htm
If you require any assistance with Employers’ Liability Insurance or Health & Safety issues, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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