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8th June 2009

Hernia injury compensation to manufacturing worker

Our client suffered a hernia when working in a fast moving manufacturing environment. His job involved the manual handling of bulky items as they constantly streamed down a conveyor belt.

Our specialist accident at work lawyers were forced to issue court proceedings when the defendant’s insurer refused to negotiate an acceptable settlement for this manual handling injury. Eventually we were able to secure £20,000 in injury at work compensation.

Injury at work

The job of our client required him to lift items from a conveyor belt onto pallets and move them via fort-lift truck to another area for dispatch. They typically weighed between 25 and 50 lbs and the transfer involved a lifting and twisting action to get them off the conveyor and onto the pallets. The heavier items also had to be swung onto the pallet at an angle so that they would fit.

The conveyor continued to run during our client’s breaks, so there was always a backlog to clear when he returned. These would be even more difficult to manoeuvre as they backed up at the end of the conveyor. Often they would be stacked up to six feet high and it was particularly awkward and cumbersome to lift them down from this height.

The constant lifting and twisting over a considerable period of time eventually resulted in our client suffering a hernia.

Hernia injury at work

Our client first realised he had suffered an injury at work when he started to experience pain in his groin. He went to see his GP who referred him to a consultant. He was diagnosed as suffering a hernia and underwent an emergency operation to carry out a repair.

Even after the operation, our client had difficulty in his daily routine, as he was unable to bend or lean over.

After several weeks he returned to work, but the physical nature of his job caused our client to suffer further pain. He was eventually able to transfer to another position that did not require constant lifting, although some was still required, and he continued to suffer pain from the hernia repair.

Unable to successfully manage the pain caused by the hernia repair, our client eventually underwent a second operation. Although this has improved his condition, he still suffers pain if he does anything physical, and he will continue to be at a disadvantage in the open labour market.

Manual Handling Regulations

Our client was not provided with appropriate manual handling training, nor any equipment to assist with lifting the heavier items. No warnings were issued nor any risk assessments carried out, which would have clearly identified the potential risk to workers involved in this type of activity.

All of these failures to safeguard our client and provide a safe place of work were in breach of the Manual Handling Regulations.

Compensation Claims For Manual Handling

Clear Answers has extensive experience in all types of accident at work compensation claims, particularly those involving manual handling injuries. Whether your injury at work was due to negligence on the part of your employer, or some other cause, Clear Answers’ lawyers have teams of specialists waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your compensation claim.

If you select Clear Answers to represent you in your personal injury compensation claim, we will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice, and our specialist accident at work lawyers will talk you through the claims process in plain English. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your accident claim.

If you or a family member has been injured in these circumstances, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. Alternatively, if you prefer to complete one of our online compensation claim forms, one of our representatives will contact you as quickly as possible.

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