When it comes to dangers at work, there’s far more than just standard slips, trips and falls that pose a risk to safety. Industrial diseases are the scourge of numerous workplaces and it’s absolutely essential that employers take all steps necessary to eliminate the risks of them occurring. There is a range of different types of industrial diseases which you may have been exposed to throughout your working life.
What types of industrial diseases are there?
The term “Industrial diseases” is given to a wide variety of illnesses, diseases and conditions developed through working in an environment that leads to exposure to harmful materials or allows defective work practices that can cause injuries.
So, what are the most common types of industrial diseases? Well, some of the classic cases include:
- Asbestosis – These days, everyone is aware of the dangers of working with asbestos and suitable safety measures are put in place. Asbestosis is a lung disease caused by breathing in the fibres or particles of asbestos. Over the years it has been a common consequence of working on construction sites.
- Silicosis – A lung disease caused by the inhalation of silica or quartz dust. Another common occurrence in years gone by on industrial sites.
- Industrial deafness – Regular, prolonged exposure to high amounts of noise in the workplace can result in industrial deafness. A classic cause would be the use of noisy machinery on building and construction sites. This is why you see workers wearing industrial headphones when operating tools like pneumatic drills.
- Vibration White Finger – A famous/infamous repetitive strain injury suffered by an uncountable number of industrial workers. Vibration white finger, as the name suggests, is caused by the prolonged use of vibrating machinery in the workplace.
There are many other types of industrial diseases, including occupational asthma, industrial dermatitis and even mental health problems like occupational stress. They are a large reason for a number of workplace safety laws and the introduction of precautions such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and mandatory break times.
Take vibration white finger as an example. Industrial protection gloves have gone a long way to minimising the risk of this type of industrial disease.
Claiming compensation for industrial diseases
Unlike slips, trips and falls in the workplace, industrial disease compensation claims are not subject to the three-year timeframe from the incident occurring to making a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline has the knowledge and experience to guide you through the claims process. There’s no obligation to continue after the initial conversation, call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 today.
Date Published: February 22, 2017
Author: Accident Advice