Have you been injured in an accident at work? Do you suffer from occupational asthma, or any other ailment as a result of your job? If so, now is the time to contact Accident Advice Helpline.
What is occupational asthma?
Asthma is a respiratory illness, which affects more than four million people in the UK. It causes symptoms including shortness of breath, a tight chest and wheezing, and can trigger asthma attacks, which can be very serious and even fatal.
Occupational asthma is a form of asthma that occurs when symptoms develop or get worse as a result of your job, due to contact with respiratory sensitisers. As such, occupational asthma tends to develop or become more severe in people who are exposed to certain environments and triggers including wood and flour dust, paint, glue and welding fumes, dust and animal fur, pollen and certain chemicals, such as floor cleaner.
Occupational asthma is most commonly found in people who work in the following industries:
- baking and food production
- working with animals
- spray painting, shipbuilding and the automotive industry
What should I do if I think I have occupational asthma?
If you have symptoms such as wheezing or tightness in the chest and you are struggling with your breathing at work, you should see your GP and arrange to talk to your employer or your occupational health team.
There are steps that you can take to try and reduce symptoms at work, such as wearing a protective mask, and your employer should ensure that all the necessary health and safety precautions are in place to reduce the risk of work-related illness.
If your GP confirms that you have occupational asthma and you think you may have a case for work illness compensation, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim work accident compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline has 15 years’ experience in handling a broad spectrum of work accident claims, from industrial injury and occupational illness to accidents at work and slips, trips and falls in the workplace.
Our expert legal team will alleviate all the stress from the claims process and secure the payout you deserve, which can be put towards healthcare costs and household bills.
If the incident occurred within the last three years and you have evidence to support your case, call our 24-hour Freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice