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Works injuries and Industrial disease

Annual HSE figures still show a large number of workers are killed or seriously injured every year, while going about their day-to-day job. These incidents happen in a large number of ways and our works accident lawyers have successfully handled claims for people injured by:

  • Using faulty or unguarded machinery
  • Insufficient personal protective equipment eg gloves or goggles
  • Falling from a height or being hit by falling objects
  • Carrying out unsafe manual handling
  • Slipping or tripping

Workers can be harmed if they are exposed to substances like asbestos and toxic chemicals, or to environmental factors such as excessive noise and vibration. A lot of industrial diseases can take many years to develop, which can make these claims difficult to prove especially if the employer no longer trades. This is why you need an expert works accident solicitor and our team has over 100 years' experience in helping people with industrial disease claims.

Asbestos

Asbestos has long been known to be harmful to people because when the fibres are breathed in they cause damage to the lung tissue. Unfortunately asbestos use was not banned in the UK until the 1980s and before this time it was not uncommon for people to work with inadequate or indeed without any form of face protection. The asbestos exposure can cause a number of diseases to develop such as:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung cancer
  • Asbestosis
  • Pleural Thickening

Often the diseases aren't apparent until decades after the person stopped worked with asbestos.  However when they do develop they can be debilitating or even quickly cause death, particularly in the case of mesothelioma and lung cancer.  When you are diagnosed with one of these asbestos related diseases you need an expert asbestos solicitor on your side.  Our asbestos disease solicitors promise to:

  • Visit you when needed during your claim
  • Answer your concerns any time, even outside of normal office hours
  • Seek early interim payments
  • Help with benefits applications, if necessary

Chemicals and Silica

Many chemicals used in the workplace can cause injury if they are breathed in or touch the body.  Breathable silica dust from working with cement, bricks and various stone can also damage the lungs.  This is why employers should take all appropriate measures to protect workers, such as planning the work and training workers properly, as well as providing suitable protective equipment.  Over the years we have successfully acted for a number of people injured when these simple steps have not been followed including:

  • Chromium exposure causing asthma
  • Fungicide exposure causing burns and dermatitis
  • Coal dust exposure causing COPD

Vibrating Equipment

VWF or HAVS symptoms are pain, tingling and numbness in the fingers, as well as reduced strength and dexterity.  The disease is known to be caused by excessive use of equipment which vibrates such as:

  • pneumatic drills
  • concrete breakers
  • angle grinders
  • sanders
  • disk cutters
  • chainsaws

Employers should eliminate vibration if possible or at the very least take steps to reduce it to the lowest possible level.  Our specialist works accident solicitors have successfully helped people obtain VWF compensation.

Noise

Injured hearing symptoms following excessive noise levels range from:

  • reduced hearing
  • tinnitus
  • sound sensitivity, or hyperacusis.

Employers should take steps to protect workers against excessive noise exposure, such as controlling entry to high noise level areas, providing suitable hearing protection.

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