Employer fined £10,000 for putting employees at risk of developing Occupational Asthma
One of the UK’s leading agricultural trailer manufacturers Marston Agricultural Services Ltd has recently been fined £10,000 by Grantham Magistrates’ Court for putting their employees at risk of developing asthma.
The company allegedly allowed trailers to be sprayed with isocyanate paint without firstly assessing the risks of doing so. Exposure to substances such as isocyanate paint can cause an individual to develop asthma.
Following an unannounced visit by HSE inspectors at the company, we are informed that allegedly the inspectors found that isocyanate paint was being sprayed in large quantities. It is stated that the personal protective equipment provided to the employees was found to be inadequate and the spray booths were poorly maintained and had the doors left open during use which meant the exposure of isocyanate paint was not effectively controlled.
Emma Madeley who is a HSE inspector commented after the Court hearing that, “breathing in isocyanate paint mist can cause asthma and paint sprayers are about 80 times more likely to get asthma than the average worker. Continued exposure may lead to permanent and severe asthma for which there is no cure.”
It is vital that employers control the exposure of hazardous substances and carry out regular risks assessments. Employers should implement safe work practices and provide effective personal protective equipment to their employees. For more information on how to safely work with isocyanates and other substances hazard to health, please check the HSE website.
If you believe your employer has failed to prevent or reduce the development or aggravation of your asthma, please do not hesitate to contact Roberts Jackson Solicitors on 0808 252 5504 for free initial legal advice.