Have you ever heard of silicosis? If you work in an environment where silica dust is present, you could find yourself in a situation where silicosis could be diagnosed in your future. Anyone working with concrete or rock might be exposed to silica dust on a regular basis if proper steps are not taken to protect them.
If you are sanding concrete or rock, or cutting concrete or operating a jackhammer for example, you might end up finding yourself in a cloud of dust. That dust is far from innocent and it can cause you significant problems if you breathe it in. It is in these situations that someone could breathe in enough to eventually cause them to be diagnosed with silicosis.
What is silicosis?
This is a lung disease for which there is no cure. It is caused when someone breathes in silica dust over a period of time. Since it affects the lungs it can cause significant problems with breathing, and therefore, it can be extremely disabling to the person concerned. Other lung diseases have also been associated with silica dust inhalation, making it vitally important that anyone in a workplace where the dust is present has appropriate protection.
If you work in an environment where you could be exposed to this dust, your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe. This includes providing appropriate training to highlight awareness of silica and how to minimise its presence. Furthermore, you should receive appropriate breathing equipment and personal protective equipment to keep you safe.
Have you been diagnosed with silicosis?
If you have, and you have worked in an environment you think might have caused the disease, make sure you seek proper expert advice from a lawyer today. Accident Advice Helpline can make it much easier to get in touch with an experienced lawyer, as we employ compensation lawyers to deal with claims just like these for silicon poisoning compensation.
Call now on 0800 689 0500. This puts you through to our free enquiry line and you could end up making a no win, no fee claim with our assistance. If your lifespan has been shortened by this diagnosis or you have had to stop work because of it, you could be in a strong position to get silicon poisoning compensation. Make sure you don’t miss the chance to claim it.
Date Published: September 24, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead