Cement dust is one of the most common causes of respiratory problems and other industrial illnesses. Even today, it poses a serious health risk to those working in construction and other labouring jobs.
What are the main dangers of cement dust?
The main danger of cement dust is its propensity to cause serious lung diseases. The most common illnesses caused by this dust include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
- Chronic obstructive lung disease
- Restrictive lung disease
- Carcinoma of the lungs, stomach and colon
- Other lung disease and breathing complications
As well as respiratory problems, it can also cause problems in other areas of the body. Studies have shown that cement dust is capable of entering the circulation system. From here, it can reach and damage all areas and organs of the body. Heart, liver, kidneys, bones, muscles, hairs… everything. Cement dust can affect the microstructure and physiological capability of just about any part of the body.
How can I avoid inhalation of cement dust?
Guarding against industrial illnesses such as problems caused by cement dust inhalation is a major factor behind safety at work. The provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a legal necessity for many jobs.
In terms of protection from cement dust, safety goggles and face masks are the most essential bits of kit. Additional PPE such as gloves and overalls are also necessary.
Can I make a claim if I suffer an industrial illness caused by the inhalation of cement dust?
Accident Advice Helpline has over 16 years’ experience in processing injury and illness claims. This includes those arising from work-related illnesses.
Most accidents at work claims are subject to a three-year window from the accident occurring and the claims process starting. However, industrial illnesses are not subject to this limitation.
The reason for this is simple. Respiratory problems caused by the inhalation of cement dust can take an awful lot longer than three years to manifest themselves. The same is true of other illnesses such as asbestosis.
Therefore, the timeframe in which these illness claims need to be started is three years from diagnosis. A quick look at Accident Advice Helpline’s unique 30-second claims test will establish your eligibility to claim in no time.
You can also call our expert advisors for a no-obligation consultation. Talk to them today by dialling 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice