Buckie is a small fishing town in Scotland, which was once a much busier port. It is still associated with the Scottish shellfish industry and there are smokehouses situated around the port. Buckie’s shipyard is still in operation, although it is probably not as busy as it was in the past.
If you are a resident of Buckie, you may have been injured in an accident. Solicitors in Buckie could help you file a personal injury compensation claim as long as you can prove, with their help, that you were in no way to blame for the accident. They could also tell you exactly how long you have to make your claim, as time limits vary for different accidents, although, as a general rule, accidents that occur in the British Isles carry a three-year limitation period.
Solicitors in Buckie (or ones based elsewhere in the UK) could also help you build a case to prove that your illness was the result of another person’s negligence. For this type of illness, you have three years to file a claim.
Health hazards in the fish smoking industry
If you work in the fish or meat smoking industry, you may be exposed to several health risks. First of all, you may have to manually lift heavy crates or boxes, which can lead to musculosketal injuries. If you do repetitive work, such as filleting, cutting and so on, you may be at risk from work-related upper limb disorders (WRULDs). It’s also possible to become deaf or partially deaf if you continually work in noisy areas such as ones containing blast-freezers or chillers. The aerosol proteins used in the fish-smoking industry can also be harmful, as you might contract occupational asthma. There is also the risk of having cancer because of working with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) which are used to smoke fish and meat.
If you are involved in the food and drink industry, back problems (musculoskeletal disorder) are the most common causes of occupational ill health, with mental ill health caused by work-related stress coming a close second. To minimize health risks, employers should carry out thorough risk assessments and if necessary introduce machinery to further minimize health risks to workers. If you are diagnosed with an occupational ill health problem, you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim against your employer, if your solicitors can prove negligence on his or her part, caused your illness.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have any potential personal injury compensation claim to file, but need expert legal advice and help to proceed, call us at Accident Advice Helpline on one of our freephone numbers at a time convenient for you. From a landline call 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile call 0333 500 0993. Why not call now? The lines will be open.
Date Published: 26th April 2014
Author: David Brown