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Repetitive strain could mean a claim

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To mark the success of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ (RoSPA) annual month-long workplace safety campaign, #OSHtober , Roythornes is continuing to raise awareness of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) and the effect that poor manual handling practice has on the workforce. 

WRMSDs, caused by activities which involve frequent and repetitive movements with awkward posture and overuse, develop over a period of time.  Such disorders can cause pain whilst carrying out those activities, or whilst resting. 

The most common causes include:

  • lifting and carrying heavy loads
  • sustained or repeated full body bending, and
  • highly repetitive work (such as clipping or cutting)

The most effective way for an employer to keep such disorders to a minimum and to avoid costly compensation claims is to implement a manual handling practice within the workplace.

Furthermore, employers have an overarching duty imposed upon them by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.  Such statutory provisions are put in place to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees.

Should an injury occur as a result of an employer not providing a reasonably safe workplace or failing to implement an adequate manual handling practice, a claim could be made.  The injured employee would be able to request sufficient recompense, as far as is possible, to restore his financial position to that prior to the injury.

Sadly, all too frequently, WRMSDs continue to occur as a result of poor manual handling practice and safety procedures within the workplace.

Statistics provided by the Health and Safety Executive revealed that musculoskeletal disorders were the most common work-related ill-health condition in workers within the agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors. This accounted for around 60% of self-reported work-related illness cases not just in agriculture, forestry and fishing but also in the ‘skilled agriculture and related trade’ occupational group.

Roythornes Solicitors continue to act on behalf of employees injured in the workplace as a result of failing to provide adequate manual handling practice.

If you have sustained such an injury at work within the last three years you may be entitled to compensation. Get in touch with one of our Personal Injury specialists by calling: 01775 842500.