As a varied industry the risks posed to Engineers are numerous. If you have worked or are currently still working in engineering it is important that you, or the person responsible at the place of your employment is ensuring the correct procedures and personal protective equipment is being worn.
It seems straight forward to most people that this is a high risk job, full of potential hazards and safety risks but it is also important to understand what is causing these risks and how they may affect you.
If you do believe work as an engineer is causing an illness or condition then we would strongly advise you to read the following information and see how Roberts Jackson Solicitors can help, whether it be making a No Win No Fee claim or just providing FREE legal advice.
Some engineers may frequently find themselves in noisy environments. Working with heavy machinery is likely to be the cause in most occasions but overuse of tools without the correct PPE can also cause problems. Ringing and buzzing (tinnitus) can be a common sign of hearing loss caused by noise damage as well as missing parts of conversation or having the television on loud.
If you do have any concerns, Roberts Jackson can provide you with a FREE hearing test** and assist you in making a compensation claim against the person responsible.
- Mild Tinnitus or Hearing Loss – £3,000 to £7,000
- Moderate Tinnitus or Hearing Loss – £7,000 to £10,000
- Severe Tinnitus or Hearing Loss – £10,000 to £20,000*
**Free Hearing test subject to case acceptance
You may find from time to time you are handling hazardous substances such as oils, cleaning fluids, petroleum or other engineering type substances. It is important that sufficient gloves are worn to protect the skin from direct contact with anything that can cause irritation as well protective clothing for any other part of the body that may come into contact with a hazardous substance.
Chemical engineers are at the most risk of this type of health and safety risk but a reaction to a substance can happen to anyone so it is important to keep an eye on your skin and report anything to your employer, GP and speak to Roberts Jackson Solicitors for FREE legal advice. It may also be possible to make a claim if you have an existing skin condition, such as dermatitis, made worse by your work, in these circumstances it would be best to speak to one of our specialist solicitors to see where you stand.
- Mild Irritation – £1,000 to £2,800
- Both Hands Affected – £6,000 to £8,000
- Both Hands with Cracking and Soreness – £9,000 to £13,000*
Breathing Problems & Occupational Asthma
It is possible to breath in hazardous fumes when working as an engineer. Occupational Asthma is a common work related condition among engineers due to fumes from machinery, metal or plastic in and around the working environment. Welding and soldering can be damaging to the respiratory system due to the fumes from the melting plastic or metal dust that is emitted from the work being done.
It is also possible to make a claim for a breathing problem that has been made worse by fumes that have been inhaled during working hours.
Visiting your GP is the best way to establish what has caused your breathing condition or what has made a pre-existing condition worse but we would also advise you inform your employer so they can take measures to assist you and prevent further exposure. Roberts Jackson Solicitors are on hand to provide FREE legal advice ranging from – running a No Win No Fee claim to assistance with state benefits that may be owed to you.
- Mild Asthma, Breathing Issues – Up to £3,400
- Relatively Mild Symptoms – £7,000 to £12,000
- Bronchitis and Wheezing – £12,000 to £17,000
- Chronic Asthma – £17,000 to £28,000
- Severe Disabling Asthma – £28,000 to £43,000*
*All compensation amounts based on the Judicial College guidelines (formerly the Judicial Studies Board guidelines)