Employees to seek damages for exposure to fumes?

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Several employees of a company based in the north-east of England may decide to seek compensation after it emerged they had been exposed to hazardous fumes during their duties.

It has emerged that workers at Variable Message Signs in South Tyneside came into regular contact with vapours while using rosin-based solder flux, which is known to be a large factor behind the onset of occupational asthma.

Analysis on the workplace by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that people there were required to operate around this gas for up to four hours every day and the company - which was first established in the UK in 1987 - had failed to install a proper extraction system for safety reasons.

Variable Message Signs have now admitted breaking the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, meaning individuals could seek damages.

Fiona McGarry, HSE inspector, commented: "Companies have a duty to prevent the exposure of their employees to these fumes."

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27/10/2011 16:45