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    Most common causes of metal fume fever

    Most common causes of metal fume fever

    Sometimes accidents at work go above and beyond slips, trips and falls on wet flooring and sprains and strains from manual handling. It goes without saying, that when you are working around chemicals and fumes, some individuals will experience adverse effects on their health. This is particularly true when working in welding.

    What is metal fume fever?

    Metal fume fever is an occupational illness caused by breathing welding fume and gases. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) describes metal fume fever as a work-related illness that has ‘flu like’ symptoms with the effects worse at the beginning of the working week.

    ‘Metal fume fever is usually linked to welding or hot work on galvanised metals. High exposures to mild steel weld fume can also cause this illness. Metal fume fever does not usually have any lasting ill effects.’

    Although metal fume fever does not have long-term effects, the occupational illness can cause substantial harm, short-term, and can lead to loss of earnings and day-to-day difficulties.

    Other welding fume illnesses include pneumonia, occupational asthma, cancer, irritation of the throat and lungs as well as temporary reduced lung function.

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    Who is to blame for your work-related illness?

    When at work, your employer has a legal obligation to ensure your health and safety. If you believe that you have sustained metal fume fever, or any other occupational ailment at the fault of your employer, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.

    Should your employer not provide a safe working environment, protective clothing or place too high an expectation on your capacity, for example, they could be liable for the harm you have suffered. In a situation like this, a law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, could help you determine if your case is eligible for personal injury compensation.

    Getting advice from Accident Advice Helpline

    Initially, Accident Advice Helpline offers a free discussion regarding your work-related illness. If you mutually decide to progress your claim, Accident Advice Helpline will work on a no win no fee* basis to obtain the compensation you deserve.

    With a nationwide team of specialists and legal professionals, with Accident Advice Helpline you can be sure that your claim is in expert hands. Call today on 0800 689 0500 – or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile – for your free initial consultation, with no obligation to pursue your claim.

    Date Published: September 30, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.