Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition which can have very serious implications for your health. If you suffer from asthma, you may find that your day job carries a risk of ill health associated with potential asthma attacks.
Dusty environments, for example, can trigger asthma attacks and make your symptoms worse. If you’re worried about your health, talk to your employer. UK employers must ensure that they stick to health and safety guidelines in order to reduce the risk of accidents at work.
Can asthma attacks be induced by dusty construction sites?
If you have severe asthma, exposure to certain environments can trigger asthma attacks.
When you have an asthma attack, you struggle to breathe as a result of your airways narrowing. You may also find that other symptoms, such as coughing and wheezing, get worse. Asthma attacks can be very serious, even fatal; they should always be treated as a medical emergency.
If you suffer from asthma, there are many jobs that may increase your risk of more severe symptoms and asthma attacks. Examples include:
- Baking and catering
- Carpentry and woodwork
- Engineering and mechanics
- Spray painting and furniture restoration
What can employers do to reduce the risk of work-related illnesses such as asthma?
Measures, which may help to reduce the risk of occupational illnesses and asthma attacks include:
- Provide safety equipment
- Ensure that workspaces are well-ventilated
- Encourage workers to report symptoms and any changes in health circumstances
- Carry out regular risk assessments
- Supervise employees
- Consider investing in new technology and specially designed products to reduce the risk of work-related illness
Can I claim compensation for a work accident?
Work accidents can happen anywhere. If you’ve been unlucky enough to have been caught up in an accident at work which wasn’t your fault, you may wish to claim compensation. Compensation is a financial sum which is awarded to people who have sustained injuries through no fault of their own.
If there is a clear case of liability on the part of another person and the incident happened within the last three years, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will do everything they can to help you claim no-win no-fee* work illness compensation.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice