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The Royal British Legion has reported that an estimated 300,000 ex-armed forces personnel in the UK are suffering from noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus as a result of exposure to excessive noise in the line of service.
The epidemic has led to a large number of ex-service personnel from the Army, RAF, Navy and Special Forces seeking legal advice on making a claim for military deafness and tinnitus due to the devastating and life-changing effects of these conditions.
The British Tinnitus Association states that around 30 per cent of the population experience tinnitus at some point in their lives, and that 10 per cent live with persistent tinnitus. Of this 10 per cent, it is highly likely that many of them have been subject to noise-induced hearing loss, a condition that has become a significant problem for military personnel.
For military personnel, hearing loss and tinnitus are commonly related to the conditions they are exposed to in the line of duty. Aircraft and vehicle engine noise; mortars; explosions’ pyrotechnics and gun and artillery fire are a fact of everyday life in the services.
Display screen equipment (DSE) is the term given to work tools such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. There are regulations in place to protect DSE users who work with these devices for more than an hour at a time. These regulations are the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992.
Under the Regulations, a range of different types of workers are protected. This includes those using DSE at a fixed workstation; home workers; mobile workers and staff who hot-desk.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that nine million working days are lost each year due to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), and that MSDs account for 41 per cent of all ill health cases and 34 per cent of ALL working days lost due to ill health in the United Kingdom.
Musculoskeletal disorders affect the soft tissues, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves of the back, upper limbs (wrists, arms, shoulders and neck) and lower limbs (feet, ankles, knees and hips) .
The law dictates that employers must ensure a safe and healthy working environment for their staff. With regard to MSDs, there are many cost effective and simple steps an employer can take to prevent or minimise them. Whilst not all MSDs are preventable, the risks involved can certainly be reduced.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) places much of its focus on communicating the very serious issues associated with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and how to prevent them. With some nine million working days lost each year to MSDs, it is no surprise.
Musculoskeletal disorders are injuries to the soft tissues, tendons, muscles, ligaments and nerves in the back, and the lower and upper limbs.
Upper limb disorders (ULDs) are a type of MSD. They can affect everything from the fingers and arms up to the shoulders and neck. Sometimes referred to as repetitive strain injury (RSI), occupational overuse syndrome or cumulative trauma disorder, ULDs are incredibly common in the workplace and can be caused by a number of different working practices, including the use of display screen equipment or vibrating tools. Repetitive lifting at work is another common culprit.
If you have become ill during the course of your work, or an existing illness has worsened because your employer’s working practices do not comply with health and safety legislation, you may be able to make an industrial disease claim.
Industrial disease, also known as occupational illness, is any condition or illness caused or worsened by working practices that allow exposure to hazardous substances or unsafe workplace conditions.
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, such as asbestosis, pleural thickening, lung cancer or mesothelioma, you are likely to be entitled to compensation or financial assistance.
Mesothelioma claims together with claims for asbestosis and other diseases resulting from exposure to asbestos have the aim of securing financial compensation or assistance. Depending on the individual circumstances, claims may be made through the courts, through government compensation schemes or via the benefits system.
A Health and Safety Executive prosecution has given serious injury lawyers an encouraging boost to their hopes of securing farm accident compensation for their client.
The 2014 Norwich farm accident, in which the assistant farm manager's left hand became caught in firewood processing machinery, resulted in amputation injuries to the thumb and fingers of his left hand and caused considerable psychological trauma.
A woman who was crushed by a lorry in Cambridge in November 2015 is making a claim for the severe injuries which occurred to the lower half of her body, and resulted in amputation surgery.
The accident occurred on 4 November. The lorry had been transporting dodgems to the annual Bonfire Night funfair on Midsummer Common, when it collided with the woman. She was trapped under the HGV, and firefighters and paramedics attended the scene. In light of the incident (and the number of emergency services vehicles that were rushed to the scene) the funfair element of the event was cancelled.
An inquest has heard that a 74-year-old man from Indian Queens, Cornwall, suffered a fatal head injury as a result of a slip and trip accident in a Co-operative supermarket on 6 July 2015.
It was heard that the slip and trip accident was caused by a sandwich fridge leaking water onto the shop floor. This is despite the fact that an engineer had claimed to have addressed the problem the day prior to the accident.
It was also heard that one of the shop's staff had repeatedly mopped up spillage from the fridge on the day of the accident, including only 30 seconds before the grandfather sustained his fatal head injury.