Archive for the ‘Industrial Disease’ Category

Coal Mining Machinery Causing Excessive Noise: Worker Deafness Claims UK

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

The types of machinery used in coal mining which can cause excessive noise and produce hearing problems in the work place with employers such as the NCB

There are various different types of machinery used in the coal mining industry which produce excessive noise. The type of machinery used can often depend on the type of mine which is in operation – compare an open cast mine with a deep pit mine and compare working on the surface with working underground.

Some of the typical machinery used underground in coal mining which is known to produce damage to hearing to miners, include:

1. Face shearers

This machinery is known to produce noise levels sometimes as high as 120 DB and is used to cut along the face of the coal seam – allowing the coal to collapse into a space beneath whilst miners remain at a safe distance in areas supported by beams.

This technique of coal mining is sometimes known as long wall mining as the face shearer runs along the length of the coal face in an underground mine.

2. Heading cutters

Heading cutters are a type of boring machinery used to bore out tracks in mines for trains to operate along and for other facilities used by the miners underground.

If you have worked as a miner exposed to the noise of machinery such as heading cutters and face shearers – especially if no hearing protection was provided, it is quite likely you have suffered some form of hearing loss and will be entitled to claim compensation for industrial deafness.

You might also have been exposed to coal dust in the air leading to coal miners’ pneumoconiosis or black lung and excessive vibration causing conditions such as vibration white finger.

If you believe you might be suffering from a condition as a result of work as a coal miner click miners hearing loss claims to contact me free of charge online or to arrange for a free call back.

Deep Mine Compensation Claims: Hydraulic Digger Haulage Machine Operator Illnesses

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

UK solicitor explains the types of industrial disease compensation claims you might have if you worked in deep coal mines in collieries based in Scotland and England – including noise induced hearing loss, vibration white finger and coal miners pneumoconiosis

Deep coal miner question

I worked in a deep coal mine in a colliery in Ayrshire for approximately 15 years between mid 1970 to late 1980’s. My main job was working with a haulage machine and a hydraulic digger.

The haulage machine worked continuously moving men, equipment and coal through the pit. This machine was extremely noisy and the operating system caused a great amount of vibration.

The hydraulic digger was also extremely noisy and caused a large amount of vibration.

For the full 15 years in addition to excessive noise and vibration I was exposed to coal dust which I breathed in to my lungs day in day out. When I finished work I was covered from head to toe in black coal dust.

Before I left work at the deep mine in Ayrshire I noticed that the tips of my fingers in my hands caused me pain and I had a tingling sensation. In the cold they would turn white.

Over the least couple of years I have noticed that my hearing is appalling – I went to see my doctor and had my ears tested and I was told that I was suffering from 60% hearing loss which was due to noise exposure.

In the last couple of weeks I was referred by my GP to a specialist at the hospital about my shortness of breath – scans were performed and I was told that I am suffering from coal miners’ pneumoconiosis or black lung.

It is many years since I worked at the Ayrshire colliery, but I believe my illnesses were caused from my work in the mines with the National Coal Board as no hearing or breathing protection was ever provided.

Is it too late to claim as the Coal Board no longer exists?

Industrial disease solicitor response

Ayrshire clearly is based in Scotland and as such is subject to Scottish law, but for the purpose of assessing whether you have a claim the law across the UK is similar for the conditions you have suffered.

It seems that your conditions were brought on by the conditions at work – protection should have been provided from vibration, coal dust and from excessive noise from the haulage machine and the hydraulic digger. As no protection was provided and the knowledge of your injuries is within the last three years it would seem you are still in time to make a claim.

The fact that the NCB is no longer in existence does not matter so long as your claim can be proved.

You must now act quickly and speak to a specialist miners injury compensation solicitor to commence claiming compensation for industrial deafness, VWF and black lung disease as the court process can take sometime.

Shipbuilding Steelworks Mining Glasgow: Injury Compensation Claims From Heavy Industry

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

How to claim compensation if you were employed in Glasgow in a heavy industry factory including shipbuilding and steelworks and the mining industry

Glasgow has a long tradition of being involved in many different large factory heavy industries, including: mining, ship building, steelworks and engine manufacture.

Workers employed in heavy industry for a number of years might suffer many industrial illnesses and conditions, which include noise induced hearing loss, breathing disorders such as silicosis and miners’ black lung, vibration white finger, etc.

As many of the heavy industry factories are no longer in Glasgow your exposure to hazardous work environments could well have taken place many years ago, but despite this there is still a possibility of claiming compensation even if your former employer is no longer in business.

The critical factor is when the law assigns your date of knowledge of injury. This might not be at the time you first suffered your symptoms as often you would not appreciate what the symptoms were stemming from, such as with industrial deafness in which your hearing loss can become apparent many years later.

Quite often when you see a consultant doctor and are diagnosed with a condition that consultant will likely try to establish how your illness developed and you will typically be asked about your hobbies and previous work conditions to see if they were responsible for damaging exposure. At this stage you would most likely have knowledge of your injury and as such the time period to commence your claim will start to run sveral years after that date.

What should you do if you worked in shipyards, steelworks, mining, engine production industries or other factory work and you are suffering some form of medical condition?

There are three primary steps you should take if you suspect you are suffering from an illness following work in heavy industry in Glasgow:

1. Seek medical assistance and request that your GP refer you to a specialist consultant to ensure your illness is correctly diagnosed and your condition is treated;

2. Contact a Scottish industrial disease specialist solicitor to see whether you are still in time to make a claim for compensation;

3. Click in industrial illness solicitor Glasgow to use my website’s free online legal help or call me direct on the number under my photograph at the top of this page to discuss your potential Glasgow industrial injury claim.