Working in the recycling industry can be quite hazardous, as proven by the fact that many of the Clackmannanshire accident at work compensation claims that we handle here at Accident Advice Helpline, stem from that particular industry.
The Institute of Occupational Medicine report
As well as injuries that recycling workers sustain from slip trip and fall incidents and musculoskeletal injuries through lifting and moving heavy weights, recycling workers are also exposed to insidious and damaging health risks resulting from working with dust, toxic metal and other toxins.
A study carried out by the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh, concluded that the current safety limits with regard to dust put workers at risk. The Institute is quoted as saying, “Exposure to dust at many waste handling sites is likely to give rise to significantly increased risks of chronic respiratory illness.”
Danger from exposure to toxic substances
The Institute went on to say that exposure to hazardous metals including mercury and lead at scrap metal yards, and electrical waste recycling facilities, may be enough to prove toxic. They are reported as saying, “Workers who have direct contact with waste materials are at risk of infection due to the presence of articles such as disposable nappies and discarded needles in the waste they handle.”
What the HSE are saying
One of the inspectors within the HSE waste and recycling team is reported as saying that people who work in the waste and recycling industry are more prone to have accidents (some of which prove fatal) than people who work in other industries. It’s one of the reasons that this industry is now being targeted as one of the HSE’s top priorities. It is highly likely that more and more unannounced site inspections will be taking place in the near future.
Launching Clackmannanshire accident at work compensation claims via AAH
Recycling industry workers who have been injured in their place of work through no fault of their own, can use the no win no fee service of AAH to launch their Clackmannanshire accident at work compensation claims. The no win no fee service that we offer, and the industry-leading customer support, have prompted people’s consumer champion Esther Rantzen to unreservedly recommend working with AAH.
Reaping the benefits of working with AAH
As one of the U.K.’s leading specialist injury claim solicitors and also one of the nation’s favourites, there are a number of benefits to be gained by commissioning our services. These benefits include but are not limited to:
- Being able to pre-test the validity of your claim using our 30 second HOW MUCH compensation calculator
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Date Published: 21st September 2014