UK solicitor explains how exposure to harmful dust from chemicals such as Cadmium, Zinc powder, Copper powder, Volatile Silicone can lead to compensation claims for industrial breathing disorders to workers
Industrial breathing disorder victim question
I work for a manufacturing company in Birmingham in England. I’ve worked for approximately 10 years commencing as an apprentice and later becoming a tool maker. The manufacturing company makes metal and plastic products for household electrical appliances.
At the end of the working day I would return caked in dust from the different products that the company was manufacturing. I was provided with a small mask to cover my nose and mouth, but this was only after five years of working with the company.
Even with the mask – at the end of the day when I blew my nose I would still see dark dust in the tissue which I believe would have somehow come through the mask therefore the mask did not seem to be providing adequate protection.
I noticed a couple of years after leaving this company that I had shortness of breath I went to see my GP and I was tested and diagnosed with a breathing problem which at this stage he could not define. My GP enquired as to the chemicals I was exposed to and after I gave an explanation he indicated that the breathing problem I had was likely to be associated with exposure to the dust in the work place and could be some form of fibrosis, which I believe is a scarring of the lungs.
He has arranged for me to be seen by a medical specialist and I understand I am to have blood tests and scans of my lungs. My GP believes that the types of dust I was exposed to could cause pneumoconiosis and other conditions such as asthma.
Can I make a claim against my employer for exposure to the hazardous dust at work?
UK industrial disease solicitor response
The types of dust that you have described can cause breathing problems especially when exposure takes please over 10 years as you have indicated.
It seems you were exposed for five years with no breathing protection and thereafter the breathing protection provided was unsuitable.
I believe your employer was negligent to expose you to this dust without adequate protection and medical evidence can be obtained from a specialist consultant as to types of condition which can be developed from the dusts of Cadmium, Zinc Powder, Copper Powder, Volatile Silicon.
You are being referred to a specialist through the NHS and as such that specialist may be able to shed more light on the cause of your condition.
Industrial Breathing Disorder Compensation Amounts
The amounts of compensation you can claim from industrial asthma and other industrial lung diseases can be quite extensive.
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