Unite launches silica register

Union takes action on silica dust exposure.

The UK’s largest union – Unite – has taken steps to reduce the risk of exposure to silica dust and to make it easier for those exposed to make a claim.

Inhaling large amounts of silica dust over a long period of time can cause a number of serious respiratory diseases and fatal illnesses including silicosis, lung cancer, tuberculosis (in those with silicosis) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Silica is a natural substance found in most rocks, sand and clay. It’s typically used as a constituent of construction materials such as bricks, tiles, concrete and mortar. Silica dust is also produced when cutting, grinding, drilling, polishing and disturbing materials that contain crystalline silica particles.

Silica is the biggest risk to construction workers and people who work in industries using silica flour to manufacture goods. Employers can limit workers’ exposure to silica dust by providing them with adequate protective equipment and training to protect them from harm at work.

Unite’s legal services team will fight to secure compensation on your behalf. As a Unite member, you will keep 100% of your damages and won’t pay a penny in legal fees. Contact Unite Legal Services to make your claim.

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