Certain workplaces and working environments carry a greater risk of accidents at work and work-related illness than others. If you work in a dusty environment and you suffer from work illness or sustain work-related injuries, it may be worth seeking expert advice to find out if you could claim work accident compensation.
What are the risks of working in a dusty environment?
Working in a dusty environment can pose health risks, particularly for your lungs and eyes. Examples of accidents and injuries which may occur as a result of working in a dusty environment include:
- breathing difficulties
- increased risk of respiratory infections
- increased risk of pneumoconiosis (this is a group of respiratory diseases, which includes silicosis, siderosis of the lungs and asbestosis)
- eye injuries
- occupational deafness
Injuries and illnesses can range from mild to severe. In more serious cases, workers may be forced to take time off work or even give up their job.
Who is at risk?
Workers who are employed in the following industries face the most significant risk of injuries associated with working in dusty environments:
- carpentry and welding
In order to protect workers from work-related illnesses, employers should comply with health and safety guidelines such as providing protective equipment like masks, and ensuring employees have the relevant training and expertise to use specific tools and types of machinery safely.
Can I claim for an injury sustained while working in a dusty environment?
If you’ve been injured at work and you weren’t to blame, you have a right to claim work injury compensation and this should not affect your employment rights. If the incident occurred within the last 3 years, you have evidence to prove that your employer was negligent and you would like to make a work illness claim, call Accident Advice Helpline for expert advice.
Accident Advice Helpline was established in 2000 and our experienced legal team offers a professional and reliable service, which eliminates any additional stress for the client. We take care of all the leg work and we do everything we can to secure you the compensation you deserve.
To find out more, simply visit our website or call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown