Health and safety laws exist for many good reasons. In fact, without them, it is very likely that rates of occupational illness in UK industries would be much higher than they are. As such, if employers have been in breach of accepted health and safety practice and you have suffered as a result, you may be entitled to claim industrial disease compensation.
The pastoral and rural scenes gleaned from British motorways do not tell the full story. In fact, agriculture is one of the most hazardous of all UK industries, with high rates of musculoskeletal injuries, back injuries and vibration white finger.
Other industrial diseases common in agriculture include farmer’s lung, bird breeder’s lung, melanoma and deafness.
In addition, pesticides may cause a number of chronic health problems, including cancers, neurotoxic diseases, immunological disorders as well as reproductive impairment.
The construction industry is one of the biggest employers in Britain, being around 4% of the workforce, yet it accounts for a disproportionate number of injuries and illnesses (around 7%).
Fatal injury rates are the highest of any industry in the country and an unacceptably high number of workers are forced to claim for industrial disease compensation after suffering illnesses including asthma, dermatitis and vibration white finger.
Despite progress made in recent years concerning health and safety legislation, asbestos-related diseases continue to be a problem, with hundreds of claims each year for mesothelioma, asbestosis and diffuse pleural thickening.
Between them, workers in manufacturing and waste recycling account for around 10% of the UK workforce, yet these employees suffer around 17% of all worker injury and illnesses.
Musculoskeletal disorders such as lifting back injuries are a significant problem, as well as the full range of asbestos-related illnesses.
Dermatitis, asthma, and vibration illness, such as HAVS and VWF, also afflict a disproportionate fraction of the workforce.
At George Ide LLP we believe strongly in giving deserving claimants the best possible chance at a full and just industrial disease compensation settlement.
A settlement can help with rehabilitation, medical expenses and living costs as well as in making any lifestyle adaptations that might be needed.
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