Compensation injuries liabilities in hazardous industries are little known by the public, but over recent decades have affected a surprising number of workers.
Even occupations that seem relatively harmless can harbour hidden health dangers over the long term. For example, carpet fitters and floor layers are susceptible to osteo-arthritis in the knees. This is one of the conditions on the compensation injuries list of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council.
Conditions arising from hazardous industries
Coke oven workers are potentially exposed to lung cancer. The fuel, coke, is made by partially burning coal.
Metal foundry workers are susceptible to lung cancer.
Working with lead can lead to infertility and to cancer.
The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council was set up by the government in 1946 to advise on industrial diseases and aspects of compensation injuries and diseases definitions. Conditions for prescribing the diseases under the remit are set out in the Council’s Terms Of Reference.
There was a time when nobody knew how dangerous asbestos was. Asbestos is a material used very effectively in wall and roofing panels and it was traditionally used freely in the building trade. It releases tiny fibres, which workers breathe in and makes them succumb to a lung condition called asbestosis, which leads to lung cancer and a specific form of it called mesothelioma originating in the pleura of the lungs. An extensive survey was undertaken between 1971 to 2005 by the Health and Safety Executive to assess the numbers of workers fatally affected by asbestos related diseases, which can take between 20 and 50 years to show.
Asbestos is no longer used in buildings in the traditional way and any worker having to perform asbestos removal now wears appropriate protective clothing and masks.
If you think you suffer from a long-term condition that may have originated from your occupation, you should seek your doctor’s opinion. He may refer you to a specialist for a detailed diagnosis. if you think you should make a compensation injuries claim for accident or injury at work, take Accident Advice Helpline 30-second test or talk to one of our friendly advisors on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Source: www.iiac.independent.gov.uk and hse
Date Published: March 12, 2013
Author: David Brown