The Health and Safety Executive has begun a two-week campaign to get rid of a number of poor working conditions that can be experienced at work. These include respiratory risks at work. The HSE will be visiting a wide variety of building sites over the two-week period without any previous notification to those in charge. In this way they hope to identify more potential hazards than would be found through announced visits.
The HSE is attempting to reduce the number of deaths on construction sites. However, they are also keen to alert workers to the dangers of working in unsafe conditions that could affect their long-term health. One example given was that of exposure to silica, which leads to 500 deaths occurring every single year.
Could you be entitled to compensation for suffering respiratory risks at work?
It is the responsibility of your employer to provide you with safe working conditions. This extends to the equipment you are given to ensure and protect your safety while you are at work. Appropriate breathing equipment should be issued to all workers in situations where there are damaging particles in the air of any kind. Proper training should also be given so you know how to use this equipment.
If you believe someone has been negligent in their duties in this way and you have suffered ill health because of it, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Contact our well-trained team members at Accident Advice Helpline now
If you think you might be in a situation where compensation is a possibility, your first step should be to take the 30-second online test on Accident Advice Helpline website. Alternatively if you wish to speak to someone immediately, you can call our free 24/7 enquiry line to discuss your situation. Our professional injury compensation lawyers will provide you with the information and advice you need. In addition they can help you bring a no win, no fee* claim if your circumstances determine it is viable to do so. Contact us now for more information.
Remember that you should always be safe at work and it is the duty of your employer to provide a safe working environment. If this has not happened you are entitled to compensation. This may cover loss of work, injury and illness depending on your situation. Call now for more details.
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown