Rolls Royce Worker Receives Compensation for Occupational Dermatitis

In February 2007, Mr Pattison, a 42-year-old Rolls Royce employee, was asked to provide cover for colleagues operating a drilling machine. Mr Pattison’s role required him to extract sharp metal cut-offs from a coolant that had built up in the base of the drill. Although the worker was provided with gloves and a plastic lining to protect his hands from injury, Mr Pattison’s employer had not issued him with the correct kind of gloves.

Eventually, the gloves tore on the sharp metal cut-offs, which brought Mr Pattison’s skin into contact with the highly corrosive coolant. Within days of working on the machine, Mr Pattison developed red and flaky patches of skin on his hands. After his symptoms worsened, Mr Pattison was diagnosed as suffering from occupational dermatitis – a condition that would cause the worker to experience six months of pain, including three months off work.

Personal injury claims involving occupational illnesses are common in the UK, with repetitive strain injury (RSI) among the most prevalent conditions. Employers in the UK are under a legal duty of care to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of all their employees at work, meaning that steps should be implemented to prevent occupational illness.

Describing his condition, Mr Pattison, who has received £5,500 in compensation, said: “My hands were so painful red and raw it was just unbearable. They’ve never really been the same since.” Nowinnofee provides professional legal services to any person who has been injured or made ill in the workplace as a result of somebody else’s negligence

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