There are a wide range of respiratory diseases that can occur as a result of exposure to irritants such as dust, fumes and spores in the workplace. Common industrial or occupational respiratory diseases include:
- occupational asthma
- asbestos related illnesses such as:
- brown lung
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); including emphysema and bronchitis
- coal worker’s lung (black lung)
- farmer’s lung
- lung cancer
- pneumoconiosis (welder’s lung – siderosis)
Employees who work with asbestos, clay, coal, rock, sand and textiles are often exposed to dust that may result in an industrial or occupational respiratory disease if the appropriate safety measures have not been put in place.
Inappropriate exposure to spores in the workplace can also result in occupational respiratory disease compensation claims. Workers who are most at risk of respiratory illness as a result of spores generally work with: grain, wool, hay or animals.
Exposure to fumes in the workplace is also a common cause for industrial workers in developing respiratory diseases. Common fume exposures include exposure to fumes as a result of: pottery-making, smelting, plastic manufacturing and welding. The vapours from chemicals such as ammonia, chlorine, formaldehyde and phurnacite and other solvent exposures can also be extremely harmful.
Occupations with a high incidence of respiratory problems include: agricultural workers, bakery workers, construction workers, foundry workers, quarry and stone workers, vehicle paint sprayers and welders.
Health & Safety Executive (HSE) data
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) figures suggest that there are currently approximately 12,000 deaths each year due to occupational respiratory diseases; about two-thirds of which were due to asbestos-related diseases or COPD. Diseases such as COPD or asbestos related diseases take a long time to develop following exposure to the irritant or agent that caused them.
According to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) figures about 33,000 current workers and 141,000 historic workers who worked in high risk environments have been diagnosed in the last year with breathing or lung problems that they thought were caused or made worse by their working conditions.
If your respiratory health or the respiratory health of a loved one has been affected due to working conditions you can have a free, no obligation chat with one of our industrial disease lawyers. To discuss the possibility of making a compensation claim please call on Freephone: 0808 164 0808. Alternatively, you can complete the request a call back form and we will call you.