Compensation may be payable for a worker's COPD

COPD is also known as chronic obstructive lung disease (COLD), chronic obstructive airway disease (COAD), chronic airflow limitation (CAL) and chronic obstructive respiratory disease (CORD), all of which are related to inflammatory diseases of the lungs, chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

The primary risk factor for developing COPD is smoking cigarettes but non-smokers who have been exposed to certain dusts and chemicals in the workplace may develop the illness. If you’ve developed COPD or something similar, and you think that the conditions you work in may have contributed, you might be able to claim compensation – contact YouClaim on 0800 10 757 95 to find out more.

Industries where COPD is commonplace

Substances including cadmium, coal, cotton, grain and flour, minerals, organic dust, silica and welding fumes create dust which can lead to COPD and similar illnesses.

Workers in many industries are vulnerable and we commonly deal with claims made by those employed in agriculture, mining, construction, the textile industry, stonemasonry, welding, petroleum production as well as employees in the rubber and plastics sector.

Employers are expected to provide the best protection possible for employees to prevent their health deteriorating as a result of their working conditions. Masks and self-contained breathing sets should be supplied to all those who need them and full training in their effective use given.

Preventing the dust, fumes or irritant gas from being in the atmosphere of the workplace is better than having to deal with its after-effects and managers should be encouraged to use wet techniques where possible and, if possible, change raw materials and procedures.

Good ventilation systems in an indoor work area are important as is general cleanliness of equipment and tools.

If an employer has deliberately neglected to provide safe working conditions for someone who develops COPD as a result of their employment, they may be liable to pay compensation for suffering and loss of earnings because the worker is disabled through an industrial illness.

Claim compensation

Should you or a close loved one have contracted COPD as a result of the conditions in a place of work, a claim may be appropriate and YouClaim can help.

To find out whether you can make a claim call our expert solicitors now on 0800 10 757 95, use our online chat facility, or put your details in our online enquiry form and we’ll get back to you.

All our solicitors are experienced in advising and representing victims of work-related illness and accidents which were not the fault of the worker, but rather the employer failing in its health and safety obligations.

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