There is a high incidence of respiratory diseases and problems amongst construction workers with the main cause being exposure to dusts and respirable crystalline silica, also known as (RCS), which can result in silicosis. Construction workers are also at high risk of developing breathing illnesses such as: chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), mesothelioma, asbestos related lung cancer and industrial / occupational asthma.
High risk tasks that can expose workers to the risk of a respiratory disease include:
- chipping, hammering and drilling of rock
- crushing, loading, hauling and dumping of rock
- abrasive blasting using silica sand as the abrasive
- abrasive blasting of concrete
- sawing, hammering, drilling, grinding, and chipping of concrete or masonry
- block cutting, kerb cutting and paving
- stone masonry and stone floor laying
- dry sweeping or pressurised air blowing of concrete, rock or sand dust
- demolition of concrete and masonry structures
- chasing out and re-pointing
If you have developed a respiratory disease and consider your breathing difficulties to be related to your working conditions then you may have an industrial respiratory disease compensation claim.
If you would like to speak to an Industrial Disease solicitor regarding a respiratory compensation claim please call our Industrial Disease lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no obligation chat or complete the request a call back form and we will call you.