Three hundred former workers are bringing a group action for respiratory diseases arising from their time working in a British Coal smokeless fuel plant near Mountain Ash, South Wales.The men claim that exposure to dust and fumes from the production process left them with serious conditions including cancers. They claim that they were not provided with the proper protection whilst they were working in the plant.The case reminds us that the true legacy of working conditions may sometimes only really be known decades after the event. There are still ticking time-bombs buried deep from the past, which can and will continue to devastate former workers and their families. As but one example, many more will sadly still go on to experience the terrible effects of earlier asbestos exposure in the years to come. Sometimes there is a tendency to mock a seemingly over zealous 'health and safety' culture within our society. Stories like these however are a salutary reminder for the reasons behind many of the workplace regulations in place today. Julian Cason is a solicitor in Personal Injury in the Cardiff office of Russell Jones & Walker.If you or a member of your family has suffered an accident or injury call our expert personal injury solicitors on 0800 916 9046, fill in our short online claim form or email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our specialist personal injury team will review your compensation claim for free.