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Compensation of £5,000 has been paid to a man who suffered from Dermatitis after being exposed to harmful chemicals at work.
Paul Eames took legal action against parent company Wavin UK Holdings after he came into contact with expoxy resins while working for Derbyshire-based firm Hepworth Building Products, the Burton Mail reports.
Mr Eames first began displaying Dermatitis symptoms in May 2005 and was unable to work due to the painful and swollen condition of his arm.
When he returned to his job, he was moved away from duties near to the hazardous material and also filed an occupational health form with his employer in August 2008 to make the firm fully aware of his work related Dermatitis.
However, Mr Eames was put back on a job where he was once again exposed to harmful chemicals a few months later and he subsequently suffered more serious Dermatitis symptoms such as blisters on his hands, arms and face.
He then got in touch with his trade union Unite, an organisation with more than 1.5 million members across the country, and began legal action against Wavin UK Holdings on the grounds of its negligence.
This resulted in his employer finally permanently moving him away from an area of its premises where he was liable to suffer a reaction from the resins and Unite's legal team insisted the firm should have done more to protect their worker's wellbeing as it was aware of his condition.
Wavin UK Holdings has still refused to accept liability for Mr Eames' health problems, but agreed to pay him a £5,000 compensation settlement.
Speaking to the news source, he said he is grateful for the support of Unite throughout his ordeal. "It wasn't until I approached the union that my skin condition was taken seriously," he added.
Posted by Emily Swanson
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