Workplaces – safer than they used to be?
Canvey Island is a delightful little place. Nestled on a reclaimed island in the Thames estuary, it has a long and chequered history. Separated by a network of creek from the mainland, there is a thriving heavy industry here.
Many larger, heavier industries are based by the coast around the UK, simply as they need water to either operate or transport the goods they make. An expert injury solicitor in Canvey Island will tell you that heavy industry is, thankfully, a much safer place to work in now than it ever has been. However, problems and accidents still happen.
The three-year rule
In British law, personal injury compensation claims must be made within three years of the date of the accident. This is not so for clients looking to make compensation claims for industrial diseases or illnesses. Your injury solicitor in Canvey Island will guide you further on this, as there are still time limits which the law considers ‘reasonable.’
Why is there a difference?
In many heavy industries, from quarrying through to mining and beyond, it is now accepted that people who worked in these situations were often unprotected; the effects of dust and other waste matter were not appreciated back then. However, there are many people who are now living with the effects of living and breathing these waste materials in.
Other illnesses or conditions
Some workers suffer from terrible circulation problems, brought on by the constant use of vibrating equipment. Over time and continuous use, this causes problems with nerves and veins, leaving some people with painful hands and fingers. This is known as vibration white finger due to the way the fingers come to look with no circulating blood in them.
Industrial deafness is another condition that many people from the older generations are having to live and cope with on a daily basis. Once again, legislation was not apparent until the 1970s onwards that protected some workers in some industries, meaning that some people worked in noisy factories and other work environments that affected their hearing. Once again, an expert such as our injury solicitor in Canvey Island can help you with a claim for compensation for industrial deafness.
In fact, Accident Advice Helpline’s expert injury solicitor in Canvey Island can help you to make a claim for any injuries sustained by you as a result of an accident or incident that was not your fault, from road traffic accidents through to industrial diseases.
Contact us on 0800 689 0500 or log onto our website at www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk to find out more.
Date Published: 27th December 2013
Author: David Brown