If you’re an engineering worker and you’re injured in the workplace, you may need to find solicitors in Leicester to help you to obtain any compensation you may be owed. But first, you will need to prove that the blame for the personal injury or industrial illness in Leicester is down to someone other than yourself.
The engineering industry sector has certain risks that are part and parcel of the industry itself. Take metalworking fluids for example. They are common in many metalworking environment and can cause various illnesses, including:
- Occupational related asthma
- Breathing difficulties
- EAA (Extrinsic Allergic Alveolitis – lung disease)
- Skin irritations such as dermatitis
- Upper respiratory tract irritation
Inhaling the fumes given off from the welding process can also cause serious illnesses such as asthma, and in a worst-case scenario, if inhaled repetitively over a long period of time, can result in chronic illness that could cost you your career.
The dangers of working with Acetylene
Acetylene gas is extremely flammable and is also unstable. Anyone working with it must be fully conversant with these hazards.
All trainee and fully qualified welders must understand the dangers of “flashback” and need to be fully aware of what steps to take in order to both prevent it from occurring in the place, but if it does occur, to know how to deal with it.
It is the responsibility of every employer who uses bottled acetylene gas in the workplace to ensure that all acetylene gas cylinder pipes are fitted with flashback arresters. It is also the employee’s duty if he/she notices that flash arresters are not fitted, to inform their employer with immediate effect
If flashback does occur, and cannot be arrested, the building must be immediately evacuated.
Noise in the workplace
Noise in the workplace can injure your hearing, both temporarily, and/or permanently. Persistent, continual, noise can also disrupt communications, causes tiredness and fatigue, can reduce a worker’s operating efficiency, can distract and interfere with on-the-job performance, and can also affect morale.
The levels at which noise needs to be controlled
At a noise level of 80 dB, any employer must, by law, assess any risk to workers. At a noise level of 85 dB, any employer should, where possible, incorporate hearing protection zones and issue appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) by way of good quality ear defenders.
Claiming after developing an industrial illness in Leicester with Accident Advice Helpline
If you suffer an injury in the workplace and your employer is to blame, you are entitled to claim compensation. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile phone.
Date Published: 11th April 2014
Author: David Brown