Accidents at work are often simplistic in nature: slips, trips and falls, for example are extremely common and generally straightforward to deal with. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Work-related incidents can be complex and in some cases fatal, as can be the case with contaminated water in cooling towers.
Accidents at work: contaminated water in cooling towers
Cooling towers are used in the industrial sector to extract heat from machinery, provide an air conditioning service and to cool liquid in crystallisation process.
The water in cooling towers sits at approximately 20–50 degrees C, which is an ideal temperature for the growth of bacteria. It is important that the cooling towers and the water within them be maintained with the correct chemicals to prevent the water becoming contaminated with Legionnaires’ Disease bacteria.
What harm can the contaminated water cause?
Once the water within a cooling tower becomes contaminated with Legionnaires’ Disease bacteria, it is inevitable that this will be released into the air within the work environment.
Legionnaires’ Disease is a deadly strain of pneumonia, which anyone can catch regardless of age or existing state of health.
Contracting Legionnaires’ Disease at work
If you or a family member have contracted Legionnaires’ Disease at work, it is likely that you have a case for work-related personal injury compensation.
Employers have a legal responsibility to monitor and maintain the condition of the water in cooling towers to prevent contamination and as such to ensure the health and safety of their employees.
Contracting Legionnaires’ Disease suggests their failure to meet this legal requirement and therefore they are liable for any harm suffered.
Seeking help from a legal firm
When pursuing a claim for work-related personal injury compensation, it is advisable to seek the guidance from a legal firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline.
Accident Advice Helpline specialises in helping victims of personal injury, whether the incident in question took place at work, at home, in a public place or while on holiday.
On a no win no fee* basis, Accident Advice Helpline will determine if your claim is likely to be successful and discuss with you the best course of action going forward.
Should you decide to proceed with your claim, your case will be assigned to a specialist solicitor who will do all they can to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: February 19, 2014
Author: David Brown