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"8,000 People in Britain Die Each Year due to Occupational Illness. Are you Safe?" Asks Asons Solicitors

According to research funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was revealed that approximately 8,000 people die in Britain each year due to an illness pertaining to their occupation.


According to research funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was revealed that approximately 8,000 people die in Britain each year due to an illness pertaining to their occupation. The results, published in the British Journal of Cancer in June, show that around half of these deaths were among male professionals with a background in the construction industry.

Maureen Ferguson, the Industrial Disease Manager at Asons Solicitors said that:
“This is deeply concerning news. With industrial disease and occupational illness, it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether symptoms are directly related to past work, and so many of those affected forget that they can make a claim to help them cope with their illness.”

This news comes hot on the heels of further research from the Agency for Research on Cancer which has classified diesel engine fumes as a carcinogen; after evidence suggested a strong correlation with an increased risk of contracting Lung Cancer. Furthermore, the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health published research in February that points to night shift working as a probable cause of breast cancer. Although a strong correlation was only found among sufferers that had spent more than 20 years working a night shift pattern.

“Research by these bodies and others like them are vital to helping employers introduce preventative measures and safeguards to protect their employees. Unfortunately, many of these discoveries only take place after much of the damage is already done. At least for those mechanics and night shift workers that have only just started in the industry, they can take extra precautions to prevent themselves from contracting an occupational illness or industrial disease” Says Ms Ferguson.

At present, the evidence to support the link between breast cancer and night-shift working is still scarce, relying primarily upon statistical inference and correlation, than on biological causality. Even so, for those women that regularly work nights, it might be worth limiting their hours as a preventative measure where possible.

“Here at Asons Solicitors we have a wealth of experience in dealing with occupational illness and industrial disease claims. We take the time to assess the symptoms and backgrounds of all our clients on a case by case basis, ensuring that they get the utmost care and attention. So if there are others out there who feel that they may be eligible for compensation following the results of this research, we’d be more than happy to help them” adds Ms Ferguson.

If you’ve dedicated much of your working life to an employer without being offered sufficient information or protection against the risks, you’re well within your rights to make a claim. Whether you need to make a White Finger Claim or if you require Mesothelioma Advice, a good Personal Injury Solicitor can help you.

If you would like to find out more about making a claim, or if you would like to find out if you are eligible to make one, contact Asons Solicitors today.

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About Asons Solicitors:
Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

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