HSE Launch New Occupational Diseases Site


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have launched a new site for occupational disease and a corresponding online community. In a study conducted by the Office of National Statistics, there were over 20 million people in work from the age of 16 and above. With this in mind, everyone should be aware of their risks at work.

Noise Induced Hearing Loss

What Are Occupational Diseases?

Occupational diseases are any illnesses that can be directly attributed to an exposure to risks at your workplace.

Occupational diseases include:

  • Asbestos related diseases e.g. mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural plaques etc.
  • Noise induced hearing loss or tinnitus
  • Lung diseases such as asthma or COPD
  • Musculoskeletal diseases such as beat knee

We have helped workers over the years, not only gain compensation but to find help through rehabilitation. The cost of hearing aids or at-home care due to your occupational disease can spiral if you are not prepared or on a fixed income. The average waiting time on the NHS for hearing aids is 4 to 5 weeks and because of this some people prefer to pay privately for digital aids, in addition the models available from a private supplier are often more discrete and give enhanced performance. A compensation claim can help with these expenses now and into the future.

Join the New Online Community

In a lot of circumstances, you may not be the only person at your workplace who has suffered an occupational illness. We see a lot of BT engineers who suffer from noise induced hearing loss due to many years use of the unmodified green and yellow tone sets provided to them. In addition many BT engineers suffer with knee osteoarthritis caused by years of kneeling on rough, damp and uneven surfaces without proper kneelers and knee pads to cushion them. We also get a lot of enquiries from shop fitters, factory workers, dockyard workers, heating engineers, maintenance engineers, demolition engineers and construction workers who were all exposed to asbestos at work and are many years later being diagnosed with conditions such as asbestosis, diffuse pleural thickening, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

We have helped people suffering from skin conditions due to exposure to wood dust, dry cleaning chemicals and cleaning fluids to which they were exposed at work. Did you know that foundry and forge workers are often at increased risk of lung diseases and dermatitis caused by exposures to heavy metals and silicates? By getting in contact with old work colleagues, they were able to use their statements to support their claims.

This is one of the advantages of an online community forum. You may discover that someone working for the same business as you, or someone in the same profession has the same symptoms. Not only will this give you the confidence to pursue your own claim, you may be the catalyst for someone else in need who doesn’t know how to start their own claim.

What About My Claim?

Joining an online community to encourage the exchange of ideas and put forward initiatives to challenge the spread of occupational diseases is a great step. But, an even bigger step is starting your own occupational disease claim. To increase your chances of a successful claim, you should really think about the kind of solicitors you want to represent you. Not only can Simpson Millar handle your claim, we can refer you to local charities and support groups if you need a bit of extra support. We also hold a database of companies and their insurers which takes to labour out of tracking them down, especially if your exposure to the disease was a long time ago.

Working while you have an occupational disease can be difficult, especially if you are suffering from something that restricts your movement or affects your lungs. For this reason, we can also point you in the right direction when it comes to state benefits or any other assistance.

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