The HSE and the Highways agency have collaborated to produce a new guide on ways to mitigate one's exposure to respirable crystalline silica, a fine particle dust that is often released when cutting into stones, rocks, sand and clay. The advice is directed towards construction and maintenance workers who are required to use cut off saws (also known as disc cutters, con saws or 'whizzer's'). The effects of inhaling the silica dust can be potentially fatal as it often leads to conditions such as silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. The new guidance advises workers to dampen down the dust with water and to wear a suitable dust mask or respirator when working with this equipment, on these surfaces.
If you think that you may have been exposed to unsuitable levels of silica dust by your employer or contractor, and have contracted an occupational related illness, Carrs Solicitors may be able to advise you in relation to whether you have a potential compensation claim.
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