There are unfortunately many industrial diseases which are conditions or illnesses caused by exposure to dangerous substances or unsafe conditions in the workplace.
The six most common industrial illnesses are: hand arm vibration syndrome, industrial deafness, silicosis, asthma, latex allergies and dermatitis.
At Hadi Law, our skilled staff has over 25 years of combined experience, which allows them to understand complex Industrial Disease claims. They will assist you to obtain maximum compensation, if it can be established that your condition has been caused by the negligence of your employer.
Hearing can be damaged by exposure to excessive noise over a number of years. This often happens in the workplace. Often people don’t immediately recognise that their hearing is becoming a problem. Over time they will make adjustments to compensate for changes to their hearing ability by turning the TV up a little, by asking people to repeat themselves, or by asking people to speak up. People often describe difficulties such as following conversations when there is a group of people, become reluctant to be in company because they are struggling to hear.
Many people who have worked in coal mining, steel works, mills, construction, shipbuilding, car construction and engineering have been exposed to excessive noise. The industries mentioned are examples of noisy employment but the list is not exhaustive.
Asbestos Related Conditions
Asbestos related conditions are caused by breathing in asbestos dust. It can take up to 30 to 40 years for symptoms to develop after exposure to asbestos dust. Asbestosis, pleural thickening, asbestos induced lung cancer and mesothelioma can all be caused by exposure to asbestos dust. Asbestos related conditions are commonly associated with certain professions where asbestos use was a common place, including boilermakers, electricians, carpenters, builders, pipe fitters and plumbers, however it is not limited to these professions.
There are strict time limits to bring a claim so If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with an asbestos related condition, it is important that legal advice is sought as soon as possible. Compensation can be claimed from your former employer’s insurers or under the Pneumoconiosis (Workman’s Compensation) Act 1979.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and fatal form of cancer caused by breathing in asbestos dust. It can take 30 to 40 years for symptoms to develop after exposure to asbestos dust. There are two main forms of mesothelioma; pleural mesothelioma, where a tumour forms on the lining of the lungs, and the less common peritoneal mesothelioma, where a tumour develops on the lining of the abdomen. Mesothelioma is commonly associated with certain professions where asbestos use was common place, including boilermakers, electricians, carpenters, builders, pipe fitters and plumbers, however it is not limited to these professions.
There are strict time limits so if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma it is vital that legal advice is sought as soon as possible.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) is the name for a number of medical conditions which affect a person’s ability to breathe. They are sometimes called lung diseases. Other associated conditions are emphysema, bronchitis, pneumoconiosis and lung cancer. These conditions can be caused by inhaling hazardous dust or chemicals at work. Common symptoms are coughing, phlegm production, wheezing and breathlessness.
Lung disease has been associated with industries such as coal mining, baking, welding, metalwork, agriculture and construction. Lung disease claims are extremely complex.
Vibration White Finger (VWF)
Vibration white finger, sometimes called hand arm vibration syndrome is a condition triggered by the continuous use of machinery that vibrates. Vibrating tools can cause severe harm to the hands and fingers of employees who use vibrating tools over extended periods of time. The condition can become severe and lead to sufferers needing long-term treatment and care.
Vibration White Finger is commonly associated with professions where vibrating tools were commonly used, such as the construction industry, car manufacturing and repair, steelwork and mining. Common symptoms are loss of sensation and dexterity in the hands and fingers.
Occupational Dermatitis is caused when employees come in to contact with certain hazardous substances at work. It is not only found on the hands, but a person’s hands are the most likely to be in contact with these substances. Symptoms include, irritation and inflammation of the skin which can sometimes lead to rashes and cracking of the skin surface. Sometimes pre-existing conditions can be made worse by contact with hazardous substances.
Dermatitis can occur in industries such as Chemical, rubber, glass and ceramic process operatives, Metal working machine operatives, hairdressers, beauticians, bakers, florists, and chefs. If you or anyone you know experiences these symptoms, they may have been caused by contact with hazardous substances at work.
- The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981
- The Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations 1989
- The Noise at Work Regulations 1989
- The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999 (COSHH)
- The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
- The Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations (CHIP 2) 1994
- The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994
- The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
- The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulations 1992
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998
- The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
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