Accident Claims Case Studies and Testimonials

COSHH - Failure to Provide Protective Breathing Equipment

Apr 12, 2013

Changing your personal injury lawyers is a difficult decision to make, but Scott Sands felt that he had no choice.  “I was waiting and waiting and not really getting anywhere” he commented when he consulted “I felt like giving up my injury at work case.”  He had been exposed to hazardous chemicals during the course of his work as a night shift cleaning operative at a food factory in Kilmarnock.  As a result, he had sustained injuries to his chest and upper airways, developing an asthma-like condition that is likely to be permanent.  His sense of smell was also affected.


A court action had been raised on his behalf, but procedure had ground to a halt.  When he took over the action, Ross Slater revived the action at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, and pressed Mr Sands’ employers to focus on their breach of duty under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.  An improved offer to settle was rejected, and further detailed discussions followed about the value of the case. was able to negotiate an offer of £20,000 for the work injuries, which Mr Sands was delighted to accept.


“I am very pleased with the way my case was handled,” said Mr Sands.  “I knew that my chest, nose and throat had been badly affected by the chemicals I work with – my employers had not given me any face mask prior to my problems arising. has been stronger for me, pushing my compensation claim to a good settlement.”