You can expect many accidents at work to be commonplace, such as slips, trips and falls in the office or on wet flooring, yet some professions present sector-specific injuries and illness, which can be troubling for workers within the field. This is true for labourers, working with concrete powder.
How dangerous is concrete?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) lists common, reported concrete related accidents as:
- Injured while handling, lifting or carrying
- Slipping, tripping or falling on the same level
- Hit by moving, flying or falling object
- Falls from a height
These cause myriad occupational injuries from sprains and fractures to concussion and even death. Common illnesses include musculoskeletal disorders and skin disease.
Although any type of work-related injury can lead to difficult health issues, concrete dust is the cause of a number of worrying occupational illnesses, which can, in some cases, cause lifelong problems for the victim. Lung disease can cause early disability, and sometimes death.
The HSE provides publications via their website to help employers minimise the risk to employees within the industry, including guidance on controlling concrete dust.
Claiming for an occupational illness or injury
When you sustain a work-related illness or injury, and you believe you are not to blame for the harm and distress you have endured, you may want to seek advice regarding your entitlement to personal injury compensation.
While you are at work, your employer has a duty of care, to ensure your health and safety to guarantee the risk of illness or injury, because of your work, is minimised.
In the case that you do become ill during or as a result of a task you have undertaken at work, it is likely that your employer could be liable for the distress you have suffered, failing in their legal obligation to safeguard your well-being.
A law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, can help you determine if you have a case eligible to claim personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
Established in 2000, at Accident Advice Helpline we now have years of experience assisting victims of personal injury receive the compensation they deserve for the harm they have suffered due to accidents at work.
Working on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, Accident Advice Helpline ensures your case is handled by their most suited solicitor, who specialises in compensation claims just like yours.
As every compensation claim is unique, Accident Advice Helpline offers a free initial consultation for victims, with no pressure to pursue your case following the call.
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Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice