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Industrial Illnesses

The place of work provides many hazards –many of them are obvious like chemicals or dangerous machinery, whilst many other hazards may be a bit less apparent-like industrial illnesses. There is a vast array of illnesses like mesothelioma, vibration white finger, asbestosis, strain injuries that are repetitive in nature, skin diseases like eczema and dermatitis, industrial deafness, tinnitus, raynaud and carpel tunnel being among the major ones.

It becomes your duty as an employer to protect your employees from hazardous situations and hazardous substances whilst they are in job so that the risk of developing any type of industrial illnesses gets minimised.

Following are some of the valuable ways through which some of big risks can be minimised:

If the working environment in which your employees have to work is extremely noisy, then, it is imperative to reduce noise to a bearable level. If this cannot be done, it is advisable to provide your employees with the ear defenders so that industrial deafness or hearing loss can be prevented in a big way.

If the working environment brings the employees into the contact of dangerous chemicals, you should look for ways through which dangerous chemicals can be replaced with less harmful chemicals. Also, make sure that the employees get into minimum contact with monstrous chemicals as far sa possible. If the harmful chemicals cannot be replaced, provide them protective clothing.

Industrial injury

Industrial injury can be defined as any body part damage or disease that results from official working. Generally, the organs like hands, lungs, skeleton, spine, skin and the head become the victims in the industrial injuries.

The common causes due to which industrial injuries generally occur are failure or misuse of vehicles; safety training that had been inadequate, poor ergonomics, long hair or jewellery which gets tangled in any machinery or tools and manual handling that is done to very heavy loads.

If your employees have suffered from any type of industrial illness and injury when working for your company, you are legally bound to entitle them compensation for suffering, pain and more importantly loss of wages.

It is also advisable that you insure your workers with insurance policies against industrial illnesses and injuries. If any type of mishappening takes place, claims shall be made from insurance company. This way you will be relieved from huge financial liabilities.

Workplace Accident
Mrs P tripped on an extension lead wire which had been left to run across the floor of her workplace. She had previously complained about the lead however it was not rectified until after her accident. Liability was admitted early in the claim and Mrs P was awarded £1600.00 following consultation with a medico-legal expert.
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Mrs P, London