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21st May 2012

Machine operator receives industrial disease compensation

Working for the same well-known large manufacturer for decades, our client in this claim for industrial disease compensation developed lung disease through his routine negligent exposure to oil mist and other harmful chemicals.

Our specialist industrial disease lawyers fought and won this claim, although they were forced to issue court proceedings when the defendants insurers refused to negotiate an acceptable sum in compensation. On our advice, our client rejected two previous offers but were able to settle prior to the trial date. Our client received a five-figure sum in compensation for the effects that his reduced lung function has had on both his working and personal life.

Negligent exposure to oil mist

In this manufacturing environment, our client was a setter / operator on large production line machines which required oil to cool them. The process caused the oil to reach high temperatures and the oil and the fumes created a mist which was intended to be captured by filters and extraction.

Despite many complaints that neither was working effectively, our client was forced to continue working in these hazardous conditions known to be the cause of lung diseases.

Neither was he provided with masks although eye protection, safety shoes and gloves were provided. No system of rotation was in place which would have reduced our clients time in a particularly hazardous area of the factory.

Referred by employers Occupational Health Department

Our client began to experience breathing problems and other minor health problems such as stomach bugs and chest infections, leaving him with a persistent cough. He also experienced tingling on his face and lips, all possible symptoms of lung disease.

When our clients breathing began to cause him serious concerns, he was referred to his occupational health department. After several tests including lung function and peak flow tests, he was referred to a chest clinic where further investigation confirmed that he was suffering from a lung disease known as Extrinsic Allergic Alveolitis.

Now working away from such environments, his condition has stabilised but he suffers badly around smokers and has difficulty breathing.

Air quality investigated by HSE

The chest clinic were so concerned that they contacted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who attended the site. Inspections resulted in new practices and alternative extraction equipment being installed.

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If you or a family member has been injured through no fault of your own, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. They will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice, talk you through the claims process in plain English and answer any questions you may have regarding your claim. Alternatively, you may prefer to complete one of our on-line compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as quickly as possible.

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