There are many ways in which you can be hurt at work and as a result find yourself considering making an industrial accident claim. Some of the more common ways are:
The most common industrial diseases at the moment are suffered by those who worked extensively with asbestos, which as a cheap and readily available material with many different applications, was mined widely all over the country. It was only banned in the UK after numerous reports of people who had worked with the material falling ill began to surface in later years.
The most common form of asbestos related disease is mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the mucous linings of the body, found in the heart and lungs among other places. An industrial accident claim is almost a formality for people affected by this condition, as it carries a poor prognosis.
Industrial deafness can arise from long–term exposure to constant noise or from a sudden sound that damages the ear: even if it does not appear to be that loud, over time it can have a cumulative effect. It may also lead to tinnitus, a condition which causes the sensation of a constant ringing in the ear, even when there is no external noise at all.
The usual time limitation of three years does not apply so stringently in this case: it is difficult to pinpoint the precise moment at which this type of industrial accident claim arises. The limitation period generally runs from when you became aware of your condition. This is most commonly denoted as when your doctor diagnosed you with the condition.
Your employer should provide you with protective equipment if you are exposed to constant noise in your working environment.
Falls from height
This can mean two things: either an employee falls from a height themselves, or they are struck by something falling from above them.
Vibration industrial accident claims
Another factor in conditions that affect miners and others in similar work, vibration can cause conditions such as vibration white finger and also RSI. An employer has a duty to ensure that staff working with power tools and heavy duty equipment are given adequate training in how to use them properly, otherwise an industrial accident claim may result.
Contacting Accident Advice Helpline for your industrial accident claim
If you wish to make an industrial accident claim then get on touch with us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone, or click ‘claim now.’
Date Published: 23rd January 2012
Author: Louise Thacker