According to the Cement Sustainability Initiative, the industry produces approximately 2.6 billion tonnes of cement each year. This material, often used to create concrete, is usually an essential part of any construction project. However, it can also be hazardous to health, having the potential to cause burns, manual handling injuries, and contact dermatitis.
The NHS states that a person may suffer contact dermatitis after being exposed to a particular substance. A type of eczema, it can either develop after contact with an irritant or allergen.
Sufferers of contact dermatitis may experience symptoms such as red, inflamed, blistered, or cracked skin and might require medical intervention to properly recover. Unfortunately, cement is capable of causing both irritant and allergic dermatitis.
For example, according to the Health and Safety Executive, cement can be mixed with a number of different components, including sand and aggregates, to produce other materials such as concrete. However, coming into contact with these substances can damage a person's skin, potentially resulting in irritant dermatitis.
In contrast, those exposed to a particular particle in cement (hexavalent chromium) may suffer an allergic reaction, resulting in the other form of dermatitis. Moreover, the longer an individual is in contact with this substance, the worse the effects could become – meaning workers who fail to adequately wash their skin may see their dermatitis symptoms deteriorate.
As cement has the potential to cause contact dermatitis, employers should adhere to the requirements of The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999 and implement suitable measures to reasonably prevent staff members from coming into contact with dangerous materials.
In addition, managers should put suitable procedures in place to effectively manage contact dermatitis, such as making sure that staff members appropriately wash their skin after it comes into contact with cement.
However, if a manager fails to adequately prevent contact dermatitis in the workplace, those adversely affected may be entitled to claim compensation through Seth Lovis & Co – a specialist law firm with a team of experienced solicitors.
Making a dermatitis cement worker claim
If you have developed this condition after working on a building site – and the incident was not your fault – we could potentially help you receive damages through a dermatitis cement worker claim.
Moreover, following a successful case, any funds awarded could reimburse lost earnings and, if necessary, treatment costs.
To find out more information about how Seth Lovis & Co could help you, please call 0808 252 0678 today or send us an email through an online enquiry form.