Looking for stonemason accident advice? At Accident Advice Helpline we understand what a dangerous occupation stonemasonry can be. We can help not only with immediate injuries but also with cases of illness that have developed over a number of years and are thought to be related to the occupation. We provide free advice through a helpline that is always open, and talking to us doesn’t mean you have to make a claim with us. Just give us a call and find out what your options are.
Although there will always be some hazards involved in working as a stonemason, it is still the duty of an employer to make the workplace as safe as possible. If you take risks on your own initiative, when no-one is putting any pressure on you, the law can’t help you. If, however, you are told to take risks and you’re worried about losing work if you don’t, you may be entitled to compensation.
In particular, you should not be asked to undertake hazardous manual handing activity if there is any other way for the job to be done. If it must be done that way, measures should be taken to make it as safe as possible. Your employer must be confident that you have the necessary skills and must not ask you to carry something that is obviously too heavy for you.
In most compensation cases there is a three-year limit on making claims, but when it comes to illnesses caused by work, that doesn’t always apply. If you give us a call at Accident Advice Helpline, we can let you know if this is likely to apply in your case. At any rate, if you are diagnosed with an illness three years after the job that you think caused it has ended, you should seek advice immediately.
Illnesses that you may be able to claim for include repetitive strain injury (RSI) and related disorders, and respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), silicosis and asthma. Even if you are a smoker and have assumed you illness was caused by your habit, you should contact us because it may emerge that your work was a contributory factor, meaning that you could still be entitled to compensation.
If you have a hearing disorder of any kind, it may be attributable to you working in a noisy environment, and you may be able to claim.
What to do
Whatever type of stonemason accident you have suffered, the basic compensation process is the same. To have a good chance of success, you will need a specialist workplace accident solicitor. We can provide you with one quickly. Your solicitor will then set about finding evidence to strengthen your case. You can help by passing on the contact details of colleagues who may have witnessed your accident or who may be able to testify to what the working environment was like.
Claiming compensation is much easier than you might think. You won’t have to travel all the time or deal with lots of paperwork. We’ll work on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: January 8, 2014
Author: David Brown