What is industrial disease?
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act, your employer has a duty of care to you as an employee, and must protect you from any health risks in the workplace.
This can be done through providing training on risks, ensuring you have enough breaks to avoid working in the same environment or on the same task for too long, or providing personal protective equipment (PPE).
Unfortunately, failure to follow best practice is common, and workers are put at risk of a number of conditions due to employer negligence.
The most common types of claim relate to:
- Hearing damage, such as acoustic shock, tinnitus, and noise-induced hearing loss
- Respiratory problems, such as occupational asthma or silicosis
- Repetitive strain injuries, such as bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy and vibration white finger
- Chemical poisoning, which can cause issues such as dermatitis
However, this isn't an exhaustive list – there are many conditions than can be caused by employer negligence. If you've developed a work-related illness, you could be able to claim compensation.