Every employer has a responsibility to keep their employees safe while at work. Most people know that this covers accidents in the work place but there are also many diseases and afflictions that can occur from working for a period of time in an unsafe environment. It may have been a condition that has developed over time.
There are a number of work environments or particular jobs that may cause a person to develop an occupational disease or disability. For example noisy work environments, the over-use of vibrating tools or exposure to asbestos or other hazardous substances. Industrial diseases can have a devastating effect upon a person’s life and it is important that you seek specialist legal advice from an industrial disease solicitor who can advise you on your right to compensation.
Employers have a duty to protect their employees from industrial diseases and from exposure to hazardous substances.
Common industrial diseases are: