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What are the typical injuries and illnesses that are claimed for in workplace accidents and industrial disease claims?

What are the typical injuries and illnesses that are claimed for in workplace accidents and industrial disease claims?

Many personal injury claims arise where individuals have developed an illness or suffered injury as a result of substandard working conditions. According to the Health and Safety Executive, in 2009/10 there were 1.3m people suffering from an illness they believed was caused or worsened by their existing job or past work. During the same period, 26,061 reported injuries to employees were classified as major injuries, particularly falls from heights.

Employers have a legal duty under health and safety legislation to ensure their employees’ health, safety and welfare are protected in the workplace – but industrial disease and injury remains a major issue.

Workplace injuries

Industrial injuries commonly occur on construction sites and in factories but can happen in other workplaces such as restaurants, for example. Common workplace accidents that may give rise to an industrial personal injury claim include:

. Construction or warehouse accidents: these can cause serious injuries to head, back and limbs through a lack of training and or supervision.
. Factory accidents: typical injuries can include trapped fingers or limbs, falls and cuts, burns, and back injuries.
. Heavy machinery/equipment based accidents: a wide range of injuries could occur including cuts and burns, fractures, and serious injuries such as loss of limbs.
. Office accidents: these usually cause relatively minor injuries however back injuries and fractures may easily occur when for instance, carrying heavy files or inadequate office seating.

Essentially the workplace, if not made appropriately safe for employees to work, can be a dangerous place and there is always the possibility that someone will be injured, leading to a personal injury claim against an employer.

Industrial diseases
There are many types of industrial illnesses, the most common including asbestosis and mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos dust and skin diseases and conditions caused by different types of chemical irritants.

Other industrial diseases or conditions that may give rise to a compensation claim include:

. Deafness: a worker may be able to claim for permanent or partial hearing loss caused by exposure to industrial noise during the course of his work. Claims may also be made for cases of tinnitus.
. Musculoskeletal disorders: conditions of joints, muscles and tendons such as arthritis and back pain, vibration white finger and repetitive strain injury. They can develop through working on repetitive production lines that involve repeated rapid movements over a long period of time or may be caused by using machines such as pneumatic drills.
. Lung disease: caused by coal mine dust, and dust factories and foundries. The onset of asthma and bronchitis may also be a cause to consider making a personal injury claim.
. Cancer: caused by exposure to various types of carcinogens such as chemicals and dyes, wood dust and high levels of synthetic chemicals.
. Brain diseases: neurological illnesses may be caused by solvents in the workplace.

If you or a relative have been injured or have developed an illness that may have been caused during the course of employment with an organisation, it is important to take expert legal advice on whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim.

If you have had an accident and it wasn’t your fault then you could be entitled to file accident claims to ensure you get the right compensation for your injuries and suffering. If you have a legitimate accident at work claim then get in touch with the best legal advice available.

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Industrial Usage of Asbestos Leads to Serious Health Consequences to Workers

Industrial Usage of Asbestos Leads to Serious Health Consequences to Workers

Asbestos is a mineral that has been used in thousands of products. When it is mined, processed, or otherwise manipulated asbestos can be broken into tiny fibers that are released into the air.  When inhaled, these fibers can cause cancer.  One interesting study that examined lung tissue samples in workers is called, “A Pathological and Mineralogical Study of Asbestos Related Deaths in the United Kingdom in 1977″ by J. C. Wagner, F. D. Pooley, G. Berry, R. M. E. Seal, D. E. Munday, J. Morgan and N. J. Clark – Ann. occup. Hyg., Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 423-431, 1982 – Here is an excerpt: “Lung tissue samples from Pneumoconiosis Panel cases comprising workers whose deaths were considered to be asbestos-related and from controls exposed to different levels of urban pollution were examined histologically and analysed for mineral fibre content. The Panel cases had on average about 100 times more amphibole fibres in their lungs than the controls, but the amounts of chrysotile were similar. Considering the much greater industrial usage of chrysotile, this points to lower deposition and/or more rapid elimination of chrysotile from the lungs. There was a clear association between asbestosis grade and amphibole, but not chrysotile, content in the Panel cases; the amount of amphibole was similar for those with mesothelioma, those with lung cancer and those with neither of these tumours. “

Another interesting article is called, “Asbestos induces inflammatory cytokines in the lung through redox sensitive transcription factors” by Michael I. Luster and Petia P. Simeonova -  Toxicology Letters Volumes 102-103, 28 December 1998, Pages 271-275.  Here is an excerpt: “Abstract – Studies are summarized demonstrating that the inflammatory cytokines, interleukin IL-6 and IL-8, play a direct role in asbestos lung diseases and are produced by lung epithelial cells in direct response to the fibers. This response is controlled by changes in the cellular oxidative/state induced by iron present in the fiber through Fenton-type chemistry. As a result of this oxidative stress, the redox sensitive transcription factors, NF-κB and NF-IL-6, which help regulate cytokine gene expression, are activated.”

Another interesting study is called, “The silence: the asbestos industry and early occupational cancer research–a case study.” By D E Lilienfeld – Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine, New York, NY 10029 – American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 81, Issue 6 791-800.  Here is an excerpt: “To gain insight into corporate activities regarding the identification of occupational carcinogens earlier in this century, the actions of one industry, the asbestos industry, were reviewed. This industry, in concert with many of its insurers, systematically developed and then suppressed information on the carcinogenicity of asbestos. The development of warnings for those exposed to the asbestos was delayed. As a result, millions of workers were exposed to the carcinogen and hundreds of thousands died. These events are placed into the context of similar activities in other industries during this time.”

Another interesting study is called, “Mesotheliomas and asbestos type in asbestos textile workers: a study of lung contents.” By J C Wagner, G Berry, F D Pooley – Br Med J (Clin Res Ed)  1982;285:603-606 (28 August) – Here is an excerpt: “The asbestos contents of the lungs of former employees of an asbestos textile factory were determined at necropsy using a transmission electron microscope. Those who had died of mesothelioma were compared with a matched sample of those who had died of other causes. The predominant fibre processed in the factory was chrysotile, but crocidolite had also been used. The lung content was consistent with the known exposure to chrysotile, but the crocidolite content was also high, being about 300 times that of the general population of the United Kingdom. The lungs of those with mesothelioma did not contain more of either chrysotile or crocidolite than the lungs of the controls, so no particular type of asbestos could be implicated in causing the mesotheliomas. The evidence of substantial exposure to crocidolite means that the mesotheliomas that occurred in this factory could not be attributed with any certainty to the exposure to chrysotile.”

If you found any of these excerpts, please read them in their entirety.  We all owe a debt of gratitude to these researchers.

Monty Wrobleski is the author of this article.  For more information please click on the following links  Mesothelioma Lawyer,

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