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Mr R, a former employee at Hepworth Concrete Limited in Leicester has received a substantial compensation payment as a result of developing dermatitis from his work conditions.
Mr R was employed by the company for only 3 months between February and April 2005. The company made concrete based products and he was employed in the manufacturing process. However during that time he was provided with insufficient training about the dangers posed by working with concrete dust, a known irritant.
During Mr R's employment with the company he was frequently exposed to concrete dust and was given inadequate personal protective equipment. He was provided with paper overalls which did not protect him sufficiently from wet concrete. He was not advised to wear gloves or other protective equipment by his employers. On occasions, Mr R had to change from his own clothes to his work clothes at his work station.
Mr R developed irritant contact dermatitis on the soles of his feet, legs, forearms and hands. His symptoms gradually resolved over the next three years but were subject to periodical flare-ups. A claim was intimated to the company and the insurers subsequently admitted liability. Despite being highly contested the claim settled shortly before trial with Mr R receiving a compensation payment of £14,500.
Iain Shoolbred, a Solicitor in the Birmingham Workplace Illness team who handled Mr R’s claim said: -
“Mr R’s suffered with a serious case of dermatitis which had affected several areas of his body. Although liability was conceded by the company, they were not prepared to pay Mr R appropriate compensation until shortly before the trial. I am very pleased with the settlement that we recovered for Mr R, this will go along way to helping him get on with his life”.
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