Manual handling injury


What is a manual handling injury?

There is a risk of manual handling injury in just about every work environment. The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 protect employees from injuries caused by Manual Handling at work.

Manual handling accidents can cause back injuries in a workplace where employees do heavy lifting or pulling of weights.  This type of injury is likely to occur if you haven’t had training on things like lifting or moving heavy items. Your employer should offer manual handling training early in your employment to minimise injury. A trip, slip or fall could also result in a back injury at work.

Back injury symptoms include;

  • Pain and discomfort in the upper or lower back
  • Limited movement
  • Numbness
  • Insomnia

Manual Handling Responsibilities

Employers and employees are both responsible for health and safety in manual handling

Employers MUST:

  • Review all working practices, removing any manual handling which is not absolutely necessary.
  • Risk assess all manual handling which cannot be removed and which could cause injury.
  • Reduce the risk of injury from all essential manual handling as much as possible.

Employees MUST:

  • Co-operate fully with employers on EVERYTHING relating to Health and Safety
  • Follow all health and safety guidelines
  • Notify their employer of any dangerous manual handling practices they notice
  • Pay attention to the impact of their actions on themselves and others
  • Use all workplace PPE and safety equipment appropriately

The Law

Resources available

How to win your workplace personal injury claim

How to prepare a discrimination schedule of loss for the employment tribunal

How to write a grievance about discrimination at work

How to use the discrimination questions procedure

Disciplinary action and capability

Health and Safety Dismissal

Surviving Capability and Performance Management

Employee Representative Guide for non-union workplaces


You will need to prove that your injury was caused by the negligence of your employer. At Employee Rescue we believe that information is your friend. How to win your Workplace Personal Injury Claim is your essential step-by-step guide to making your personal injury claim for compensation of up to £25,000.00 to cover losses you have suffered as a result of an injury at work. These are called Employer Liability claims. The book takes you quickly and simply through essential information on;

  • Your legal rights
  • Remedies
  • How to get your compensation
  • Templates
  • The latest information on personal injury

The Pre-Action Protocol

You start your claim using the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury (Employers’ Liability and Public Liability) Claims. The Employee Rescue Guide explains what you must prove, in order to be successful, such as;

  • Identifying that there is a person, company or organisation to make the claim against.
  • Showing that the person, company or organisation owed you a duty of care to avoid your accident and injury, and could have taken steps to avoid the situation.
  • Proving that your injury was caused by the failure of the responsible person or organisation to take reasonable steps to avoid causing your accident or injury.

Best of the web 

Manual Handling Injuries

Hazards Body Mapping

Welsh Backs

Baggage handling Tool

Back Care – The Charity for Back and Neck Pain

Best Health

British Chiropractic Association

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Ergonomics Society

National Back Exchange

RSI Association

Health 4Work(England)

Healthy Working Wales

Back Problems (NHS)

Citizens Advice – Personal Injuries

Department for Work and Pensions – Compensation, Social Security Benefits and lump sum payments




This resource is published by Employee Rescue Limited. Please note that the information and any commentary on the law contained herein is provided for information purposes only. The information and commentary does not, and is not intended to, amount to legal advice. Employee Rescue accepts no responsibility for any loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of the material contained in this publication.

Further specialist advice should be taken before relying on the contents of this publication. You can send an e-mail to for such specialist advice if required.


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