Industrial illnesses and diseases
If you are employed by someone, then it is their responsibility to make sure that your work environment is a safe place in which to work. It is their duty to protect your health and safety at work as well. This is not just for any one-off accidents that might happen, but for any long-term illnesses and diseases as well.
There are numerous causes of illnesses and diseases, and many types of conditions, so if you have suffered anything because of the negligence of your employer then you should make an injury claim using a personal injury lawyer in Symonds Yat.
How do illnesses and diseases happen?
There are numerous way in which illnesses and diseases can happen, for example:
- Having to twist and turn your body in awkward positions;
- Constant use of vibrating tools;
- Heavy lifting without proper training;
- Constant exposure to loud noise;
- The constant use of a keyboard; and
- Exposure to chemicals or dangerous substances.
The correct protective clothing and equipment can help considerably with most of these, but if your are harmed because of your employer’s negligence then you should talk to an injury lawyer in Symonds Yat about making a personal injury compensation claim.
Here are some samples of industrial conditions
There are many ways in which industrial illnesses are caused through work. Just a sample of them are:
- Vibration white finger – this is caused by constant use of vibrating tools and is incurable.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome – this is caused by the constant and prolonged use of vibrating tools, as well as repetitive actions such as a typist would make, but the damage is reversible if treated in time.
- Repetitive strain injury – this is caused by constantly using muscles in movements that are not normal for them, and puts them under stress.
- Back injuries – heavy lifting usually causes these problems. There is a correct way, and an incorrect way, to lift heavy goods, and you should have proper training in how to do the lifting.
- Asbestos-related diseases – asbestos was a very cheap and flexible material used extensively in the construction and shipbuilding industries in the second half of the last century. Initially the dangers were not realised, but it was totally banned in the UK in 1999. Some older buildings and ships still have asbestos in them.
- Industrial deafness – this is caused by prolonged exposure to loud noises.
- Dermatitis – a skin problem that could be avoided by wearing latex gloves.
Accident Advice Helpline — the personal injury claim experts
If you contract an industrial illness or disease, or have an accident of any sort in which you are injured, and it was caused through no fault of your own, then you should contact Accident Advice Helpline to make your injury claim.
There is a 30-second test on our website that will give you some guidance as to the amount of compensation you may be awarded, or you can call our helpline on freephone number 0800 180 4123. Our trained advisors will be happy to discuss your accident and resulting injuries, and if you wish to proceed will start the processes of your claim.
Date Published: 11th March 2014
Author: David Brown