18 December 2007
Driver who contracted dermatitis secures payout
A driver from Bournemouth has been awarded compensation after being injured as a result of his work, Workplace Law Network reports.
William Smith, a driver, contracted irritant contact dermatitis when diesel he was pumping into his van splashed back out of the fuel tank and directly on to his hands.
The fuel pump he was operating did not have a protective guard and he had not been issued with gloves to prevent fuel from making contact with his hands.
Dawson Holdings, a provider of logistics services, was ordered to pay Mr Smith £1,800.
Contact dermatitis is an acute skin reaction that occurs as a result of sensitivity to materials or substances that come into contact with the skin.
It typically causes inflammation, is most likely to occur on the hands and irritants that cause it are present in a range of occupations, including transport, cleaning and hairdressing.