Lack of Training at Work

Client awarded £45,000 after injuring back due to lack of manual handling training

Accident at Work/ Lack of Training

Lack Of Training At Work Claims

Accidents can arise from a lack of training in the workplace. The provision of training adequate for the job role is a legal requirement for all employers.

Some jobs are more at risk of health and safety accidents than others and therefore require more training. For example, if you work in a factory, on a construction site, as a tradesperson or in agriculture then the likelihood of you experiencing an accident at work increases.

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Employers Have a Duty of Care

The law states that all employers must abide by the terms and conditions laid down by the Health and Safety Executive. Some of the regulations that must be followed by employers are to provide training to all employees as and when it is needed.

There are extra protections and regulations which are also specific to certain industries. For example, if your job involves working with harmful chemicals, then your employer must abide by the terms of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 law. This includes ensuring that employees’ exposure to harmful chemicals is assessed and minimised, and employees are provided with suitable personal protective equipment e.g. safety goggles or gloves.

Types of Lack of Training at Work Claims

Repetitive strain injuries which are sometimes referred to as work-related upper limb disorders can occur if proper training has not been provided. Examples of these types of injuries include a bricklayer’s shoulder becoming damaged or a warehouse worker developing back pain. Similarly, if machine operatives are not properly taught and instructed thoroughly about all aspects of how to use their machine then this could result in injury.

Another example of a lack of training claim would be injury through working at height. If your employer has not provided training on how to safely work at height, such as when on a ladder, then you could pursue a lack of training at work claim.

A lack of manual handling training which results in injury could also be the basis of a claim. Manual handling training is important within many different workplaces where employees are required to move objects or equipment around. If your accident could have been prevented if you had been given the training you required, it’s also possible that you could make a claim.

Amount of Compensation

All personal injury cases are unique and so the amount of compensation that is awarded in each case is also unique. Compensation is understood by looking at two specific factors: general damages and special damages.


The pain and suffering that your injuries have caused are main factors that are used to determine how much general damage compensation you are owed. This will usually be determined by undergoing a medical examination, from which a report is created that highlights the length of time the injuries will take to heal as well as their severity. Our compensation calculator will give you an indication of how much general damage compensation you might be entitled to based upon your injuries.


In addition to receiving compensation for your injuries, you may be able to reclaim any financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your injuries. Compensation for financial losses is known as special damages compensation. This can include losses such as loss of earnings due to not being able to return to work, the cost of treatment as well as travel to treatment. It is important that you keep any receipts or evidence of additional losses in order for these to be reclaimed.

With the exception of children, there is a three-year time limit on making a personal injury claim. This time limit begins from the date that the accident initially occurred. Therefore, you should contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to assess your case.