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Control of substances hazardous to health

These regulations, introduced in 1988 and consolidated in 1994, were brought in in an attempt to reduce the increasing number of accidents, injuries and diseases caused by exposure of employees to harmful substances during the course of their employment.

In general substances can be defined under various categories - Toxic, Harmful, Corrosive or Irritant and they include solids, liquids, gases, fumes, vapours, dust.

In order to comply with the regulations employers must carry out an assessment of the health risks attached to any hazardous substances and to prevent or control exposure of employees to these risks. Control and supervision must be monitored and employees must be made aware of the risks involved with hazardous substances and fully trained in their use and application.

The regulations also place some obligations on employees in terms of abiding by laid down safe systems of work and proper adherence to control and protective measures.

Breach of the regulations can result in fines and if it results in employees being injured or contracting an industrial disease it will strengthen the employees claim for compensation.

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Pedestrian run over by car
Mrs K was knocked over by a car that mounted the pavement, fracturing her tibia. Following extensive medical investigations organised by Cooks, it transpired that the accident brought forward the need for a knee replacement operation in the next 5-10 years. Cooks settled Mrs K’s claim for £28,750.00 she said:
"I am very pleased with the service I have received and would recommend Cookss to my friends. My claim was handled in a very professional manner and I was kept informed of it’s progress. Everyone I met or spoke to was helpful and considerate and I felt confident in their abilities. This was important to me at the time of my accident and later."
Mrs K from Streetly

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Examples of Compensation Awards for Injury Claims*
Serious Back Injury
Wrist Injury
Serious Neck Injury
Serious Hand Injury
Ankle Injury
Serious Knee Injury
Serious Head Injury

*damages for loss of earnings and other losses and expenses are commonly paid in addition to the injury award and will vary in each case