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    "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

    Firm guilty of stone dust exposure

    By David Brown on July 22, 2014

    Firm guilty of stone dust exposure

    Workers were exposed to harmful stone dust at a masonry company in London, a court has heard.

    Employees at Redmist International Ltd, on Standard Road, Park Royal, were put at unnecessary risk of inhaling dust between January and June 2013, despite notices to improve ventilation at the site.

    The director of the firm, Ghausal Islam, 52, of Willesden Green, has consequently been handed a suspended prison sentence.

    Potentially harmful exposure

    Southwark Crown Court was told that stone dust was commonplace at Redmist through regular polishing and grinding work.

    But an inspection by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that an extraction ventilation system in the factory was inadequate and hadn’t been properly tested to ensure it was fit for purpose.

    Two Improvement Notices were served requiring urgent changes, but follow-up visits showed that no steps had been taken to resolve the matter, meaning employees were still facing potentially harmful exposure.

    Mr Islam, of Staverton Road, NW2, was sentenced to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, and was also ordered to pay £9,000 in costs for breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

    Redmist Internatonal Ltd, of Standard Road, Park Royal, escaped punishment for separate breaches of the same legislation because it is no longer trading and is currently the subject of a winding up order.

    Claiming personal injury compensation

    Stone dust can cause a number of health problems.

    If inhaled, it can lead to occupational asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease silicosis or even lung cancer.

    Companies therefore, need to make sure adequate measures are in place to limit exposure.

    If you believe you are suffering from an illness caused by your working environment, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline.

    You could be entitled to personal injury compensation, depending on the type and severity of the injury, which is available to ensure that you and your family don’t have to suffer due to your lack of earnings or illness.

    Source: Health and Safety Executive

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