Typically, when we think of accidents at work across the construction sector, we are inclined to recall falls from heights, strikes to the head or equipment-related injuries. That being said, respiratory syndromes are a very real risk for those who work on construction sites.
We take a look at some of the most common respiratory syndromes sustained on construction sites.
Common respiratory syndromes sustained on construction sites
An awareness of the common respiratory syndromes sustained on construction sites can minimise the risk of sustaining respiratory syndromes through prevention.
Three of the most common respiratory syndromes for construction workers include, but are not limited to:
- Occupational asthma
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), ‘almost 20% of workers reporting work-related respiratory problems identified ‘dusts from stone, cement, bricks or concrete’ as contributing to their condition’, all of which are factors associated with construction.
Claiming compensation for respiratory syndromes
When you sustain respiratory syndromes due to your profession, you can claim compensation for the harm and distress you have been made to endure.
Unlike other work-related accident claims, in the case of respiratory syndromes, you can place a claim for compensation up to three years following your diagnosis of the condition.
If you are unsure if you have a case to claim, at Accident Advice Helpline, we offer a free initial consultation for all victims of work-related injury and illness. During this consultation, we will assess your eligibility to claim and determine where liability may lie.
Getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline
At Accident Advice Helpline we have over 15 years’ experience assisting victims of personal injury in recovering the compensation they deserve for the harm they have suffered.
For more information and to receive a free initial consultation, speak with one of our friendly advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience. What’s more, there’s never any pressure to pursue your claim at any point during or following the call.
Call us today, at a time convenient to you on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Alternatively, head over to our website where you can complete our quick and simple 30-second eligibility test, and receive a call back whenever you are free to talk.
Date Published: October 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice