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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

    Injured by toxic materials at work

    Various industries involve working with things that could potentially risk the health of its workers if they are not adequately protected. Toxic materials are found in various industries including the construction industry, the manufacturing industry and the scientific industry among many others. The risks of working with such materials should be assessed by a designated health and safety officer or a manager and the risks of injury or illness should be reduced. This could be by providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), training workers how to handle certain substances and reducing the length of time that a worker is exposed to certain substances. Toxic materials may include asbestos or silica-based materials, harmful gases such as carbon monoxide or toxic chemicals which could cause burns or injuries.

    Although training is available when it comes to working with harmful substances, the potential for an accident to occur is still present. If an accident occurs or you become ill from over-exposure to toxic materials, it could have long-term effects on your health.

    Toxic materials and compensation claims

    Toxic materials can be inhaled or you could be exposed by skin contact. There are various ways that a person could become ill or be injured by toxic materials but anyone working with these should be trained using the appropriate regulations. Managers should consider exposure levels and reduce the amount of exposure to certain substances where possible. This could be by removing the worker from an area (e.g. working underground in the presence of dust and gases) or by reducing the exposure levels with PPE. Masks and protective clothing should be provided where needed. If you are injured by toxic materials because someone failed to protect you or train you, you may be able to make a compensation claim where negligence is evident.

    Claiming with Accident Advice Helpline

    Our law firm has been helping victims of workplace accidents and injuries since the year 2000 and we can provide you with no-obligation advice regarding your claim. Just give our free 24-hour helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your injury and provide us with any evidence of negligence as well as any witnesses to help your case go more smoothly. Our no win, no fee* policy means that you have nothing to lose by calling us and choosing to start your compensation claim. Compensation may help you cope financially with any loss of wages due to an inability to return to work because of your injury or illness.

    Date Published: July 23, 2014

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    Author: David Brown

    Category: Accident at work claim

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