Castletown is a village in Caithness, Scotland, known as “Flagstone Village” because in the 18th century it exported high quality flagstones which had been quarried in the vicinity. Streets all over the world are paved with Caithness flagstones which were prepared in the Castlehill harbour area of Castletown.
Dangers of working with stone
In the past people were unaware of the dangers of working with stone and slate. However, today we understand that working with stone is hazardous because of the silica contained in rock and stone. When stone is cut, fine particles of silica, respirable crystalline silica (RCSs) are released into the working environment. If you inhale this dust over a period of time, you may develop lung cancer, silicosis, or other pulmonary problems. You should be provided with exhaust ventilated tools if you are working with stone. Alternatively you should have tools that are equipped with their own water supply. These tools control the dust so that you do not inhale it, or at least not to a great extent. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) say that approximately 800 deaths occur every year because of lung cancer which is linked to the inhalation of RCSs.
Although employers should be aware of any health risks that may affect their workers, some very basic health and safety guidelines are ignored, causing illness and death. We have come a long way since the days when flagstones were produced in Castletown, but still health and safety issues remain because guidelines are ignored.
Compensation solicitors in Castletown
If you have been diagnosed with an illness which has been caused because of your working environment, you should find a firm of compensation solicitors in Castletown, to discuss a personal injury claim. You need an expert personal injury solicitor to help you prove that your illness was caused because of your employer’s negligence. If you are unable to find appropriately experienced compensation solicitors in Castletown, call us at Accident Advice Helpline and we will put you in touch with an expert in handling claims against employers.
You may also need compensation solicitors in Castletown if you have been injured in an accident, perhaps at work, and you can prove, with their help, that you were not to blame for it in any way. You would have to find out just how long you have to claim for your injuries from compensation solicitors in Castletown or elsewhere, as, although you usually have three years to file a claim for injuries, you may have much less time to file your particular claim. You can always call us at Accident Advice Helpline for this information too.
Accident Advice Helpline
Call us at Accident Advice Helpline for expert legal advice whenever is convenient for you, as our freephone lines are always open. Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or, from a mobile, call 0333 500 0993. Why not call us now?
Date Published: 10th May 2014