A Sheffield woman has received £4,000 in compensation after being injured at work.
Mandy Stephenson worked as a Domestic Assistant at a Sheffield hospital when she sustained a soft tissue injury to her neck lifting clinical waste bags. It was alleged that the lifting involved in her job exacerbated a pre-existing injury and meant Mandy required time off work.
Ms Stephenson alleges that she received no specific training regarding the collection and lifting of clinical waste whilst working at the hospital. She also states that she was never told not to carry the waste bags over a certain weight or that there was actually a trolley to help her with this task. As a result Ms Stephenson took to carrying the heavy bags by hand, causing the injury.
Though the hospital denied liability, the case was settled out of court in the week before trial by Lisa Fairclough of Irwin Mitchell.
Ms Stephenson said, "I believe my accident would not have occurred if I had been given appropriate training in relation to lifting and moving bags of clinical waste. I was quite new to the job, and as far as I was aware, I was doing what I was meant to be doing."
Lisa Fairclough commented, "It is important that all employers implement a robust policy for dealing with manual handling.
"Employers should ensure that they are taking steps where possible to avoid employees lifting heavy items by use of automated systems or items such as trolleys. If the risks can be reduced in this way employees are much less likely to end up being injured."
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