A table summarising the factors and questions that employers must consider when assessing manual handling operations involving a risk of injury.
A model document to conduct and record manual handling assessments.
A model policy and procedure to set out the company's rules on manual handling and to outline the procedure to be followed to reduce the health and safety risks associated with manual handling tasks.
In Koonjul v Thameslink Healthcare Services, the Court of Appeal dismisses a claim under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, in part because the "everyday" nature of the task which caused the injury made it unrealistic to require a risk assessment.
In Swain v Denso Marston Ltd, the Court of Appeal rules that reg. 4 of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 imposes an almost unqualified duty on employers to assess and reduce the risk of, and provide employees with information about, handling operations.
In Stone v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, a county court awards a police clerk £384,000 for back injuries suffered as a result of her employer's failure to carry out a manual-handling risk assessment or train her in safe lifting.
In Chalk v Devizes Reclamation Co Ltd, the Court of Appeal reverses a crown court decision and holds that an employee is not entitled to damages for a back injury because the manner in which the injury was sustained indicated that the provision of training, advice or instruction would not have averted the accident.
Hawkes v London Borough of Southwark is the first manual handling injury claim to be decided in the Court of Appeal following the introduction of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHO). The case shows how the Court of Appeal has interpreted an employer's duty to reduce the risk of manual handling operations as far as reasonably practicable.
In Crofts v Roche Products Ltd, a firefighter who suffered a back injury while putting out a fire fails to win damages from his employer. The Court of Session holds that, given his training and experience, his employer could not anticipate he would attempt to lift or carry anything that would give rise to a risk of injury.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to hazardous processes and activities (manual handling).