Back injury whilst undertaking manual handling training?


We recently helped a client pursue a personal injury claim after she suffered back and knee injuries during a manual handling training course.

Our client was lifting a 70kg mannequin up and down stairs during her training and whilst she asked the instructor to stop as she knew it was wrong she was told to keep going or risk failing her training. She subsequently sustained a back injury and knee injury as a result of the excessive lifting in the manual handling training.

We were able to pursue a personal injury claim on the basis that an employer has a duty of care under the Manual Handling Operations Regulations not to put an employee at risk of injury (even whilst they are training in the correct procedures).

Michelle Rhodes, Legal Executive, specialising in Personal Injury said: "This claim was difficult as the medical expert at first suggested that the back injury had not occurred in the incident in question, but after obtaining further medical records we were able to convince the medical expert that this was not the case and successfully concluded this claim."

"This type of case proves that you can recover compensation if you are injured at work during a training exercise, even manual handling."

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