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Accidents at Work*

Accidents at work are one of the most common forms of personal injury in Ireland.

Personal Injury – Lung diseases

Breathing is the most common avenue for the introduction of poisons or harmful agents into the human system.


Personal Injury – Vibration

For Employers’ duties see HERE Vibration is a common and infrequently recognised cause of injury. It is an avoidable result of using many industrial tools such as chain saws, grinding, sanding, hammering or polishing tools. Apart from general effects such as nausea, giddiness or an inability to focus, all caused by vibration to the entire body, it can damage nerves and blood vessels and deaden a limb such as fingers or hands in “whitefinger”. As the name suggests the first […]


Personal Injury – Pressure while diving or tunnelling

For Employers’ duties see HERE Pressure is experienced most commonly in diving and tunnelling. Commercial diving and tunnelling are very dangerous occupations in themselves without the designed, pressured environment representing a further hazard to the worker. Tunnelling is also performed under pressure in an enclosed chamber, called a caisson, at the face of the tunnelling. The caisson keeps out underground water. Divers suffering from “the bends” are the stuff of emergencies in comic books; unfortunately it can happen in real […]


Personal Injury – Chemicals

For Employers’ duties see HERE Chemical-induced effects on the human body are of infinite variety, depending on the chemical, the level of exposure, the length and type of exposure and the constitution of the victim. In addition, if exposure to more than one chemical occurs, the chemicals may together have a different and amplified effect than that which they would have singly (“Synergy”). The following is a list of possible hazardous properties of chemicals ; • Corrosive • Explosive • […]


Personal Injury – Chemicals & Metals Generally

Chemicals & Metals See HERE for the Employers’ duties The chemical industry, worldwide. has expanded enormously in quantity of output since the beginning of the last century. The variety of its products has increased considerably since the end of the Second World War. Worldwide, the industry generates turnover of $1,000 billion every year. In addition to this enormous turnover, it regularly shifts product emphasis, accelerating the production and variety of some types of chemicals and shedding others. The industry focused […]


MRSA and friend

Galway’s drinking water, supposedly, has been compromised by Cryptosporidiosis. Cryptosporidiosis is a disease caused by a parasite, a Scheduled biological agent under the Infectious Diseases (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations (S.I. No. 707 of 2003) and Safety, Health And Welfare At Work (Biological Agents) (Amendment) Regulations, 1998 (S.I. No. 248/1998). It shares this status with, inter alia, Staphylococcus aureus. Staphylococcus aureus, in its evolved form of “Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureusâ€? is known as MRSA. The Cryptosporidiosis cases are said to be […]


Personal Injury – Asbestos

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Typically, persons contracting it in their employment have worked for more than one employer in an industry resulting in exposure to asbestos. Therefore a cause of action may lie against all the employers. This liability will be joint and several; ie even if only one employer still subsists, that employer will be fully liable subject to the principle in Brett v Reading University, CA (Civ Div) 14/02/2007 Here, the […]


Personal Injury – Asbestos 2

See HERE for the Employers’ duties Just before Germany was re-unified the East German parliament building was closed to further use. The reason was not the redundancy of the parliament, it was the level of asbestos used in the construction of the building and it’s then condition. There are many buildings which share this feature with the parliament building, but they are not closed down. The reason is the overwhelming number of uses asbestos was put to and the ubiquitousness […]


Personal Injury – Construction

Construction For Employers’ duties see HERE According to a report in 1990 from an advisory group of employers, trade unions, the National Industrial Safety Organisation and the Health and Safety Authority Inspectorate, the main causes of building accidents, are cost-cutting, lack of control over sub-contractors and time-saving measures. The study showed, in the case of the sample of incidents reviewed, that 20% involved falls; 20% involved ladders or scaffolds; 11% involved contact with power lines; 9% involved collapse of trenches. […]


Personal Injury – Skin Disease

Accidents at Work – Skin Disease For Employer’s Duties see HERE It is generally agreed that skin disease is the commonest occupationally-caused disease. According to the United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive it accounted for 59% of all reported occupational disease in 1978-79. This reflects the Irish experience in proportional terms, although the total Irish figures are deceptively low. Although the skin is a remarkable and complex organ, the stresses applied to it in some workplaces are extreme and it […]