Lybster in Caithness, Scotland was once a large herring fishing port. However, as fishing as an industry is in decline in the UK, so there are only a few fishing people left in Lybster. Fishing is a dangerous occupation and despite recent changes in safety regulations brought about by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) it is still hazardous. Between 1994 and 1998, for example, there were 120 deaths at sea reported to the Marine Accident Investigation Bureau. Problems faced by working fishermen are the long hours they work, extreme weather conditions and the dangers associated with working with heavy machinery.
Unfortunately, even if you work on dry land in the fish smoking business, you are still exposed to health risks. For example if you regularly manually lift heavy crates of fish or seafood, you may risk musculoskeletal injury if you have not been properly trained to lift such objects relatively safely. If you work in a noisy environment with machinery such as blast-freezers or chillers, you risk becoming at the very least, partially deaf. Aerosol proteins are used in fish processing, and these can cause occupational asthma. If you work in a fish-smoking firm, you risk inhaling polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which are believed to be carcinogenic.
Expert injury lawyers in Lybster
If you have suffered an injury in an accident which you can prove was not your fault, you may be looking for a firm of expert injury lawyers in Lybster. Similarly if you have been diagnosed with an illness which you can prove was the result of another person’s negligence, a firm of expert injury lawyers in Lybster could be able to help you file a personal injury compensation claim.
You usually have three years in which to file a personal injury compensation claim for an injury, or injuries sustained in an accident that was not your fault. However, if your accident happened at sea, on a fishing vessel for example, you would only have two years in which to make your claim.
If you have any doubts about how long you have in which to file your potential personal injury compensation claim, contact Accident Advice Helpline for this and any other information you need about the claims process.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you think you have a personal injury compensation claim to make, call us at Accident Advice Helpline for expert legal advice regarding any aspect of your potential claim. You can ring us on one of our freephone numbers at any time of day or night, any day of the year, including Bank Holidays. Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or, from a mobile, call 0333 500 0993. Why not call now for expert legal advice?
Date Published: 5th December 2013
Author: David Brown