Dioxin Poisoning Claim *
What are Dioxins?
Dioxins are produced in several different ways and are usually just by-products of industrial processes such as water treatments. They are compounds that make up structures which contain chlorine. When ingested in small amounts, dioxins are not usually considered harmful. Serious illness can occur from larger intakes and can have a great impact on a person’s life. Dioxin Poisoning claims * occur when harmful levels are inhaled or swallowed, usually in the workplace. Dioxins can also enter the bloodstream by skin contact while working near the harmful chemicals.
Over the course of our lives we are all exposed to small amounts of dioxins which generally have no effect on us. Those of us who are exposed to larger amounts over a long period of time can develop a serious illness. This usually affects those who work in a contaminated environment and claims can be made for an accident at work *.
In these cases, it is your employer’s duty to ensure that they are providing you with a safe working environment. They must ensure that they carry out frequent risk assessments to ensure that there are no major hazards and risks. They are also required to provide the correct training and protective equipment. If you have been affected by dioxin poisoning due to employer negligence then you may be entitled to make a claim. In most cases, accidents at work claims are made through the Injuries Board for personal injury.
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
This is the main legislation in Ireland which provides for the health and safety of employees throughout the course of their work. Outlined in this Act are certain duties which an employer has in relation to ensuring that health and safety in the workplace is a priority at all times. These duties include;
- Maintaining activities in a way which prioritizes health and safety
- Providing employees with training throughout the course of their employment
- Ensuring that employees have adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is required for their job
- Providing a working environment that is safe and practical for the work that is to be carried out
Dioxin Poisoning Symptoms
- Developmental Problems
- Compromised Immune System
- Hormone Disruption
- Respiratory Tracey Irritation
- Severe Stomach aches
- Liver and Kidney Damage
- Skin Problems
People who work in particular industries where dioxins are released are more at risk. This includes;
- Recycling Plant Workers
- Workers at water treatment plants
- People who work in chemical manufacturing or near industrial incinerators
- Those who come in contact with burning coal, oil or wood
Causes of Dioxin Poisoning
Lack of training
This is one of the most common causes of Dioxin poisoning. All employees should be correctly trained on how to carry out their job in a safe manner. They should also be made aware of safe practices and procedures in the workplace as this can help to prevent accidents and injuries. It is important that employees also attend training throughout the course of their employment in order to refresh their knowledge.
Inadequate Protective Equipment
PPE includes clothing, footwear and eye and ear protection. It is compulsory in certain industries where there is a risk of an accident occurring. Dioxin poisoning can be caused as a result of this and can also lead to injuries such skin dermatitis. Failing to wear adequate face and eye protection can lead to inhalation of dioxins causing illness to employees.
Faulty Equipment and Machinery
If machinery and equipment is not regularly maintained and repaired it can cause dioxins to leak out into the work environment. This can lead to overexposure if no solution is provided to this. Employers may not be aware that this has happened so serious injuries and illnesses can develop as a result.
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