How much could you claim?

Find out in 30 seconds...
Injured in the last 3 years?
Was the accident your fault?
Did you recieve medical attention?
Please tell us where you were injured
  • Please enter your full name
  • Please enter a valid name
  • Please enter your telephone number
  • Please enter a valid telephone number
  • Please read our Terms & Conditions

    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Cement dust can reduce lung capacity over time

    By Jonathan Brown on May 5, 2016

    Cement dust can reduce lung capacity over time

    Exposure over time to cement dust can reduce lung capacity, a new study has found.

    Long-term exposure to cement dust at levels comparable to present occupational exposure limits can cause a decline in lung volumes, the research published in the European Respiratory Journal found.

    It is the first study to assess whether differing levels of exposure have a different level of impact on lung health.

    Thousands at risk

    Over 61,000 workers in the EU are employed in the cement production industry. During the production of cement, workers can be exposed to dust generated from cement and raw materials.

    Previous studies linked inhalation of this dust to airway symptoms and changes in the airflow in the lungs. But this is the first study to find the risk of ill-health was increased when the level of exposure increased.

    Researchers analysed air samples from cement production plants, measured lung function of the workers and collected data from questionnaires taken at the start of the study and at the follow-up time in 2009 and 2011-2012.

    The results showed that a decline in lung function over time was consistently associated with increasing exposure to dust from cement production.

    Better protection needed

    Dr Karl-Christian Nordby, from the National Institute of Occupational Health in Norway and lead author of the study, said that more than half of the study population was exposed to dust levels that induced significant lung function decline.

    He is calling for preventive measures beyond standard respiratory protection to reduce exposure and prevent lung function decline.

    Source: European Respiratory Journal

    Share On


    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.