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Papier mache caterpillar provides definitive guidance on what constitutes hazardous manual handling

Breach of statutory duty, more so a breach of the Occupational Health & Safety Regulations, is an extremely common particular of negligence in personal injury proceedings.  The Court of Appeal’s direction in this proceeding goes a long way to remove uncertainty between what is manual handling and further, what is meant by hazardous manual handling.  In line with the majority, an element of force is required, or alternatively the load be unstable or unbalanced, difficult to grasp or hold.  What is clear is that a load may meet the definition of hazardous manual handling despite being particularly light – as in this case a papier mache caterpillar. More…