Lead Poisoning Claims
Lead is a naturally occurring, highly toxic metal that can be found in the earth’s crust. This metal is used in many different industries for many different purposes. It is also available in a variety of forms. Lead is used in the production of paints and batteries. Lead oxide is produced when demolition work is carried out. In addition, there are a number of lead grinding plants that can be found around the world.
Lead has a number of uses, but since it is highly toxic, it is essential that measures are taken to prevent exposure at work. A person may suffer lead poisoning after being exposed to lead at work. Lead can get into the body when the fumes are inhaled or when it is ingested. In most cases, lead poisoning at work occurs when a person has not been provided with adequate safety equipment and protective clothing.
Occupations where workers are at a risk of suffering lead poisoning include the following:
- Scrap metal recycling
- Pewter production
- Smelting lead products
- Cable production
- Ink and paint production
- Leaded plastic production
Depending on the level of exposure, the sufferer may experience a number of symptoms. Some of the common symptoms include:
- Undue fatigue
- Muscle and joint pain
- Lack of energy
- Muscle weakness
- Personality damage
- Abdominal pain
- Hearing loss
- Kidney damage
- Lack of concentration
Every employer has a legal duty to take measures to prevent workers from being exposed to lead and lead based products. Every employer must:
– Carry out risk assessments regularly
– Provide all the necessary information and instruction to employees on the effects of lead poisoning and steps to take following exposure
– Provide training on how to handle lead based products and how to prevent exposure
– Provide employees with washing facilities and clean areas for eating and drinking
Compensation Claim Advice
If your employer has failed to protect you from lead poisoning at work, you may be entitled to make lead poisoning claims.
Speak to one of our solicitors today and we will tell you whether you have a viable lead poisoning claim. Our solicitors operate using a risk free no win no fee scheme and we also offer full compensation guarantee.
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