A mechanical engineer was awarded a settlement of £52,500 due to occupational asthma.
The client, whose name has been withheld due to confidentiality, worked as a welder in mechanical engineering. He was employed by the Boulting Group, a mechanical engineering solutions provider who operate in a diverse range of industry sectors in the UK and internationally. The client worked on all types of steel, particularly pipe work which were supplied to various power stations and chemical industries.
Based in a workshop which was very confined, he was exposed to significant amounts of welding fumes in the unventilated room. Due to these unacceptable working conditions, he was diagnosed with occupational asthma.
The latest Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics revealed there were 177 new cases of occupational asthma in 2013. This figure has gradually declined since 1999, though only accounts for cases reported to chest physicians and so is likely to be underestimated, with the HSE stating the reality could be “10 times higher” than this figure.
The report stated that the main causes for occupational asthma – asthma that is contracted due to working conditions – was isocyanates, flour/grain, and wood dusts.
Slater and Gordon Personal Injury Solicitor commented, “The more these cases are highlighted, the more aware businesses and workers will become of the risks and, I hope, as a consequence future generations will be educated so they have the knowledge to protect themselves from the risk of developing asthma; a condition which can have a very serious impact on an individual’s day-to-day life including their ability to, on some occasions, work.
“If you are experiencing breathing problems then the advice of Asthma UK is to discuss your symptoms with your GP.
“The sooner that advice/treatment is sought the better the chances of the asthma being controlled relatively quickly and an improvement in symptoms achieved.
“Asthma UK also advises healthcare professionals to consider possible work-related causes in adult asthma and so if you suspect that your work is responsible for your symptoms, or is making them worse, then you should discuss this with your GP too.”
For further information on the case, and how Slater and Gordon Lawyers were able to help, read the full case study here.
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