Making an injury claim in Wool due to illness or injury at work in the textiles industry.
If you work in the textiles industry then you may need to make an injury claim in Wool. All employers need to minimise the hazards that their workers are exposed to. Strict guidelines from the Health and Safety Executive must be followed by employers in all different sectors of industry. If you think that your physical damages have been caused by the negligence of your employer, then you could be due compensation. You will need to make your claim within 3 years of the accident taking place. Contact Accident Advice Helpline to find out how we can help you with your injury claim in Wool.
What types of accident could lead to an injury claim in Wool being made?
- Fire: Loose materials and fibres can be a fire hazard. Fluff and dust can be particularly flammable. If you have been injured in a fire at work, and you feel that this has been caused by the poor management of textile fluff, dust and fibres, then you could make an injury claim Wool.
- Explosion: Wool dust can cause explosions. Good workplace housekeeping is vital in reducing this type of hazard. Extractor fans should be put in place to minimise dust levels, and to prevent explosions from taking place.
- Dust Inhalation: Textile process dusts, in particular wool and cotton, can cause occupational illnesses such as byssinosis, occupational asthma and respiratory irritation. Employers should prevent harm to their employees by limiting exposure to dusts, vacuuming and extracting dust from work areas, and providing respiratory protective equipment (RPE) when necessary. If you need to make an injury claim Wool due to an occupational illness, then you will have 3 years from the date of your diagnosis.
- Dyes and Chemicals: Incorrect handling of chemicals in the textile industry can cause a range of different physical damages. For example, some chemicals can cause burning to the skin, some chemicals will cause irritation to the respiratory system, and some chemicals will react hazardously when mixed. Chemicals need to be stored and dispensed in a safe, controlled manner in the workplace. If you have received chemical injuries at work then you could make an injury claim Wool.
- Noise: Hearing loss due to overexposure to loud noises is one of the most common health problems in the textiles industry. Employees should be provided with sufficient hearing protection in order to prevent this from occurring. Problems can be difficult to detect as the symptoms tend to build up gradually over time.
- Musculosketal Disorders (MSDs): MSDs are one of the biggest forms of injury in the textiles industry. These are usually caused by incorrect manual handling of heavy loads, and most commonly occur when employees have not been trained sufficiently.
- Machinery Risks: The textile industry involves the use of a range of different types of potentially hazardous machines. Workers must be correctly trained to use equipment such as this, and provided with safety protection equipment where relevant.
Date Published: 19th October 2013
Author: David Brown