Industrial Disease

Council Fined After Maintenance Workers Contract HAVS

A recent prosecution brought against a council by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) shows the consequences for workers and employers of failure to comply with health and safety laws. Seven employees of Dacorum Borough Council developed hand arm...

£550,000 for Ex-Marine With Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

A man who suffered damage to his hearing while serving in the Royal Marines has secured compensation totalling almost £550,000 from the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Alistair Inglis joined the Royal Marines in 1997, at the age of 17. In the course of his...

Royal Marine Wins Six-Figure Damages After Gunfire Triggered Hearing Loss

Services personnel risk their lives for their country but, just like any other employees, they are entitled to expect that all reasonable steps will be taken to ensure their safety. In a recent case, a former Royal Marine who suffered hearing loss as a...

Court of Appeal Upholds Musician's Right to Compensation for Hearing Damage

The Court of Appeal has rejected arguments put forward by the Royal Opera House (ROH) that a compensation award to a viola player who claimed that his hearing was damaged by exposure to the noise of brass instruments will curtail music making in the UK. The...

Retired Factory Worker Succeeds in Hearing Loss Compensation Claim

The effects of damage to hearing caused by industrial noise often take decades to become evident, but that does not deter specialist solicitors from seeking just compensation for victims. In a recent case, a retired factory worker won the right to damages...

Suffered an Industrial Injury? See Us Without Delay

Where numerous people are injured by the same cause, the courts are well able to achieve justice for all of them by means of group litigation orders (GLOs). However, as a High Court case showed, those affected risk losing their right to compensation if they...

Beauty College Carbon Monoxide Victims Win Over £100,000 Damages

Those who suffer injury as a result of their employer's negligence or failure to comply with health and safety rules are entitled to compensation. In one striking case, nine hair and beauty college workers who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning due to a...

Compensation for Problems Caused by Poorly Designed Workstation

It is recognised that employers have a duty of care to ensure that office workers can go about their duties safely and without risks to health. Many of the tasks undertaken are repetitive in nature and poor workstation design – for example chairs and...

Soldier Deafened by Battleground Noise Awarded Six-Figure Compensation

Military personnel submit to discipline and are inevitably exposed to risk of harm, but that does not mean that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) owes them no duty of care. In one case that proves the point, a soldier who suffered hearing loss and tinnitus as...

Musician Wins Right to Compensation for Hearing Damage

A viola player who suffered hearing damage during a three-hour rehearsal of Wagner's Ring Cycle has won the right to substantial compensation from the Royal Opera House (ROH). The conductor had rearranged the orchestra so that the musician was sitting...

What is an 'Actionable Personal Injury'? Supreme Court Sheds Light

Even hidden and symptomless injuries arising from breaches of health and safety rules in the workplace can form the basis of successful compensation claims. The Supreme Court established that point in a guideline ruling that, for the first time, defined the...

Vibration White Finger and Employers' Duties

The risk of permanent disability arising from prolonged use of vibrating tools has been well known for many years and employers are obliged to protect their workers against it. The Court of Appeal analysed the extent of such duties in a case of particular...

Industrial Disease Victims - The Courts Are Equipped to Achieve Justice

Thousands of people who suffer from industrial diseases are due compensation for their suffering, but dealing with so many cases can be a gargantuan task. However, one case concerning steel workers who were exposed to harmful fumes and dust at work showed...

BT Engineer Settles Hearing Loss Claim

Hearing loss and tinnitus, being invisible and usually progressive, are often not noticed until well advanced, by which time the probability of there being any effective treatment is exceedingly low. However, the link between high noise levels and hearing...

Former Mill Worker Wins Hearing Loss Damages

A former mill worker has secured compensation after he developed noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) caused by exposure to high levels of noise in the workplace. Brian Haworth, now 79, worked for Qualitex Yarns Limited from 1967 until 1974. His job involved...

Former Printer Wins Hearing Loss Damages

A man from Lancaster has won compensation for hearing loss in a case that serves as a reminder of the dangers of working in noisy environments. Nicholas Edwards worked for the same company for 15 years, first as a printer and later as a paste mixer and...

Family of Clay Dryer Exposed to Dust Win £52,500

The family of a man who was exposed to clay dust in his place of work have secured compensation four years after his death. Walter Patton had worked as a clay dryer in the 1950s and 1960s. Although workers would often be covered with clay dust, Mr Patton's...

Carpet Picker Wins £4,600 for Hearing Loss

A woman who used to work for a carpet manufacturer has won compensation after being diagnosed with noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). She worked as a colour finder and later as a carpet picker for Woodward Grosvenor Co. Ltd in Kidderminster from 1978 until...

Injured Ex-Miner Succeeds in Professional Negligence Claim

A principal reason why negligence victims should always instruct expert solicitors to represent them is that, in the rare event that they do not do their job properly, any loss suffered will be covered by professional indemnity insurance. That point was made...

Driller Wins £38,000 After HAVS Diagnosis

A man who worked with drilling machinery for many years has secured compensation after he developed hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). From 1998 until 2004 he had worked in road construction, using a pneumatic drill for several hours at a time. He then...

Plan to Delete 2.5 Million Records of Dissolved Companies Abandoned

The Government has announced that it has had second thoughts regarding its proposal to reduce the length of time records of dissolved companies are kept from 20 to six years, which is good news for anyone who develops an industrial disease as a result of...

Engineer Receives Compensation for Exposure to Harmful Chemical

An engineer from Telford has received £8,500 in compensation after he was exposed to acid in the course of his work, with the result that he developed dermatitis. The 56-year-old man worked for Dairy Crest Foods at its former plant in Crudgington in...

Machine Operator Secures Compensation for Shoulder Injury

A machine operator who was diagnosed with shoulder impingement syndrome as a result of repetitive heavy lifting while working at a paper mill in Canterbury has secured compensation for his injury. Richard Wrench had worked at Chartham Paper Mill throughout...

Cleaner Receives Payout for Skin Damage

A woman cleaner who developed a severe skin condition as a result of exposure to an abrasive solvent cleaner has received compensation from her former employer. Susan Davies began to notice that the skin on her hands was really dry shortly after she started...

Steam Age Railwayman's Family Wins Industrial Deafness Payout

Symptoms of injuries caused by hazardous workplace environments often take many years to develop – but one case involving a steam age railwayman who suffered industrial deafness shows that it may never be too late to claim compensation. After leaving...

Office Worker Compensated for RSI

Repetitive strain injury (RSI), sometimes referred to as upper limb disorder, is a general term used to describe a potentially debilitating condition involving pain in muscles, nerves and tendons in the hands, wrists and arms. It is caused by overusing the...

Breaking News - unemployment in UK falls to 1.75m

The Office for National Statistics has announced that unemployment in the UK fell to its lowest in seven years. The figure of 5.3% from July-September 2015 is the lowest unemployment rate since April-June 2008. The number of people out of work fell by...

Factory Worker Compensated for Occupational Asthma

Occupational asthma describes an allergic reaction that some people have when they are exposed to a particular substance. It can be triggered by seemingly innocuous substances – such as flour and various foods – as well as by exposure to things...

Car Worker Wins Compensation for Occupational Dermatitis

Occupational dermatitis is a widespread cause of ill health, with an estimated 84,000 sufferers either developing the condition or having it made worse because of their work. It affects workers in many industry sectors and can be caused by a variety of...

Former Road Worker Wins £140,000 Damages

A man in his 30s has won compensation of more than £140,000 after he developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) as a result of using vibrating tools for many years. The man had worked as a road worker for 15 years and used vibrating tools such as...

Former Car Industry Worker Receives Compensation for Industrial Illness

A factory worker who was forced to give up his job after he developed occupational asthma and dermatitis as a result of exposure to a chemical used in the manufacturing process has secured £40,000 in damages. The man had worked for a company that...

Mill Worker and Lorry Driver Wins Hearing Loss Compensation

A former textile and haulage industry worker who was exposed to excessive noise levels at work has secured £6,500 in compensation in an out-of-court settlement. Paul Barrett was employed as a mill worker in Rochdale from 1975 to 1977, carrying out...

Former Paper Mill Worker Wins Settlement After Cancer Battle

A former mill worker who has twice battled a rare form of cancer he contracted as a result of exposure to wood dust at work has been awarded a compensation settlement and legal protection should the illness return. The 63-year-old man was employed in...

Outdoor Occupations Can Cause Hearing Loss Too

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is normally associated with operations that take place in a confined space, but outdoor work activities (such as using power tools) and even leisure pursuits such as shooting can cause NIHL. In a recent case, a refuse and...

Chemicals Allergy 'Not an Actionable Injury'

In a case of crucial importance to anyone whose work brings them into contact with potentially harmful substances, five chemical industry employees who developed an allergy to aluminium salts have had their compensation hopes dashed after the High Court...

Is Your Workplace Making You Ill? Don't Delay Seeking Legal Advice

If you are suffering a health problem and you think your working environment may be to blame, you should seek legal advice immediately. This point is illustrated by a case in which an alleged victim of industrial deafness went without a penny in compensation...

Former Police Officer Wins Compensation for Hearing Damage

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) can be caused by a one-off exposure to loud sound or by repeated exposure to sounds at varying levels of loudness over an extended period of time. Although it is easy to diagnose, it is an irreversible injury and is only...

Worker Wins Compensation for 'Isocyanate' Asthma

An employee who developed occupational asthma as a result of being exposed to the chemical 'isocyanate' has won compensation from his employer. Isocyanates are widely used in the manufacture of foams, fibers, protective coatings including paints and...

Delay in Contacting Lawyers Stymies Compensation Bid

A court decision has sounded a warning note to negligence victims that delaying too long before going to solicitors can wreck any hope of compensation. An industrial worker who claimed that his hearing had been destroyed by machinery noise had left it too...

Maintenance Fitter Wins £4,000 for Hearing Loss

A man from Grimsby has won compensation of £4,000 after his hearing was damaged by exposure to excessive noise in the workplace. From 1979 until 2005, the man was employed as a maintenance fitter by a company which manufactured pigments. During this...

Factory Worker Wins Damages for Hearing Loss

A former factory worker who suffered damage to his hearing as a result of exposure to noise at work has won compensation for his injury. The man worked at the Royal Ordnance Factory in Blackburn (which was later taken over by British Aerospace, which then...

Industrial Worker Wins Hearing Loss Damages

A man who was exposed to excessive noise at work has won compensation for the resulting damage to his hearing. During the 1970s and 1980s, the man had worked for a number of different manufacturing companies where he was exposed to various kinds of...

Rail Worker Receives Compensation for Hearing Loss

Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) can be caused by a one-off exposure to a very loud sound, such as an explosion, or by continuous exposure to loud noises over an extended period of time, such as noises generated in manufacturing processes. A former rail...

Machine Operator Receives Payout for Hearing Loss

A former machine operator whose hearing was damaged by exposure to excessive workplace noise over a period of time working for several different employers has won almost £1,400 in compensation. Mr Hall worked as a latex machine operator in the carpet...

Hearing Loss Compensation for Machine Operator

A man from Yorkshire has won compensation of £6,000 after being diagnosed with hearing loss related to working in noisy conditions. Oswald Grant, 73, worked for a company producing metal products between 1963 and 1997. After initially working as a...

Payout for Technician Who Suffered Hearing Damage at Work

A man from Sheffield who suffered damage to his hearing as a result of workplace noise has won a four-figure sum in compensation. Malcolm Robinson, 66, worked for many years as an instrument technician and later as an electrician technician in a busy...

Factory Worker Receives Hearing Loss Damages

A factory worker who suffers from noise-induced hearing loss as a result of working near heavy machinery has won a four-figure sum in compensation. Paul Grain, 57, worked for an engineering firm in Sheffield for 15 years until 1988. During that time, he was...

Foundry Worker Wins £5,000 for Hearing Loss

A former foundry worker has won £5,000 in damages after he suffered hearing loss caused by exposure to excessive noise at work. The man worked for a Manchester-based foundry in a variety of roles between 1964 and 2000. During this time he was exposed...

Timberman Wins £70,000 Nasal Cancer Damages

A pensioner who developed nasal cancer as a result of being exposed to wood dust at work has been awarded compensation of £70,000. Peter Spillett, 66, worked as a timberman from 1984 until 2009, repairing wharfs, jetties and piers. His job regularly...

Worker Wins Hearing Loss Settlement

A 77-year-old man has won £2,500 in damages after suffering hearing loss as a result of exposure to excessive noise in the workplace. The man worked for a car manufacturer in Coventry, initially as an apprentice upholsterer. He went on to work as a...

Rail Worker Wins Compensation for Vibrating Tools Injury

A Network Rail worker who was left with permanent damage to his hands after working with vibrating tools for many years has won an undisclosed amount in compensation. Kevin Thornton, 48, worked for Network Rail and its predecessors for more than 22 years as...

Former Joiner Wins Five-Figure Damages for Wood Allergy

A former joiner has won a five-figure sum in damages after he developed an allergy to a type of hardwood that could have been fatal. Brian Ogden worked for a joinery firm run by his brother for over twenty years. He first experienced a problem with the...

Former Steelworker Wins Compensation for Hearing Loss

A former steelworker who suffered hearing loss as a result of working in a noisy work environment has won more than £4,000 in compensation. Kenneth Clarkson, 79, was exposed to high levels of noise whilst working at two different steel companies. At...

£13,500 for Engineer Who Developed Dermatitis

An engineer who developed dermatitis after being exposed to chemicals in the workplace has won £13,500 in compensation. The 59-year-old man worked as a mechanical engineer for Camtec Engineering Limited. During his employment, he came into contact...

Railway Worker Wins Hearing Loss Damages

A former railway worker from Swindon who suffers from work-related hearing loss has won compensation from his former employer. Denis Mackie worked as a boiler maker for British Rail between 1967 and 1978. During that time he was exposed to high levels of...

School Technicians Win Compensation for Poisonous Gas Exposure

Three school science technicians who were exposed to poisonous fumes at work have won compensation in an out-of-court settlement. One of the three women, April Walsh, 34, who has now been made redundant, said that staff were worried that there was...

Firefighter Receives £15,000 After Developing Occupational Asthma

A firefighter who developed occupational asthma as a result of exposure to red diesel fumes has won £15,000 in damages. Leigh Payne, 40, has worked at Exeter airport for 13 years and was exposed to the dangerous fumes while removing post and baggage...

£5,000 Compensation for Factory Worker's Skin Condition

A factory worker who developed a painful skin condition after being exposed to harmful materials at work has won compensation for his injuries. Paul Eames, from Ashby De La Zouch in Leicestershire, was exposed to dangerous epoxy resins while working for a...

Tyre Factory Workers Win Hearing Loss Damages

Thirteen workers at a tyre manufacturer have each won compensation of up to £6,000 for damage suffered to their hearing as a result of noise in the workplace. The former workers for Wolverhampton Goodyear were employed at the factory from the 1970s to...

Vibration Injury Compensation for Engineer

An electrical engineer who suffered permanent damage to his hands because of prolonged use of vibrating tools at work has won a substantial amount in compensation. Graeme Kelly, 56, used vibrating tools for a period of 34 years whilst working for one...

Pottery Worker Wins Hearing Loss Damages

A former pottery worker who was exposed to excessive levels of noise at work has won compensation for the consequent damage to his hearing. Adrian Ward, 42, worked for John Tams Group plc for 20 years. The factory environment was very noisy, especially when...

Vibration Injury Victim Wins £11,000

Hand-arm vibration can cause a range of medical conditions that are known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). A man who developed HAVS as a result of using vibrating tools at work recently won £11,000 in compensation. The man worked regularly with...

Train Driver Wins Tinnitus Payout

A train driver who developed tinnitus and was unable to carry out his normal duties for a year has won substantial compensation from his employer, Northern Rail Ltd. The driver was approaching a station when the door between his cab and the main part of the...

Former Factory Worker Wins Damages for Hearing Loss

A former factory worker whose hearing was damaged by excessive noise at his place of work has won £5,000 in damages. Mr Davidson worked for Mather & Platt Limited, which manufactured pumps, fire sprinkler systems and electric motors, for four...

Police Officers Get CS Gas Damages

New recruits to the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) who were injured in a CS gas training exercise have secured compensation totalling approximately £18,000. The injured officers were among a number of new recruits taking part in a training exercise...

Heavy Industry Workers Win £270,000 in Damages

Around 70 workers in the Oldham area have received a total of more than £270,000 in compensation, mostly for hearing loss as a result of exposure to excessive noise in the workplace. One claimant was Eric Bennett, 70, who had worked for an engineering...

Worker Exposed to Vibrating Tools Wins Compensation Twice

A plater who suffered extensive damage to his hands as a result of continued use of vibrating tools has won damages of £12,000, the second time his employer has compensated him for work-related injury. The 54-year-old man had worked with vibrating...

Teacher Wins £145,000 for Damage to Voice

A teacher has agreed a settlement of £145,000 in damages after having to over-extend her voice in the classroom where she worked, resulting in permanent damage to her vocal chords. Joyce Walters attributed her injury to the noise levels outside the...