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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."

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    A guide to industrial illnesses and diseases

    Some working environments are more hazardous than others. For example if you work in a chemical plant you are likely to be more at risk than someone who works in an office.

    However it is important to be aware of the risks involved with your working environment and to be sure that these are minimised as much as possible. With this guide to industrial illnesses and diseases you can be on the lookout for the symptoms involved.

    Common types of industrial illnesses and diseases

    A lot of these conditions can occur due to work in manufacturing and other physically intense working environments. This often means that some people make the mistake of assuming that risk “goes with the territory”, but this is not necessarily the case.

    • Asbestos-related illnesses. Any working environment should be cleared of any asbestos which has the potential to release fibres into the air. However with older buildings there is always the risk of it being there. If the material is deteriorating, it needs to be removed because asbestos increases the risk of lung infections and lung cancer.
    • Lung infections. Often caused by dust in environments such as coal mines or quarries.
    • Bladder cancer can be caused by chemical dyes.
    • Deafness caused by exposure to loud noises when the proper ear protection is not provided.
    • Dermatitis and other skin conditions caused by exposure to skin irritants. Can also increase the risk of flare-ups of conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
    • Vibration injuries can occur if someone spends too long working with vibrating tools or uses them on too high a vibration for a short period of time.

    Why you may be able to make a claim

    When making a compensation claim, it is important to find out whether or not the company involved was aware of the risk they were exposing their employees to.

    For example, if a company checks for asbestos, doesn’t find it and then someone later develops an illness from it then it cannot really be said that they are responsible.

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    However, if a company knows the risk involved, doesn’t clear the asbestos, exposes employees to asbestos fibres without proper protective clothing or equipment and those people subsequently become ill due to that exposure, then the employee has every right to seek compensation, especially if their illness prevents them from being able to work again.

    Contact us

    If you are unsure whether or not you can make a claim against a company for an industrial illness or disease then it is worth contacting Accident Advice Helpline.

    We can discuss the details of a potential claim with you and help you decide for yourself whether or not you wish to pursue it further.

    Our helpline is open 24 hours a day and we have a team of legal professionals who can discuss claims with you. Don’t delay, talk with us today.

    Date Published: October 18, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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