At Thompson’s we would like to reassure all our clients that as far as possible we are operating as normal. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our primary concern during this outbreak and as such we are reviewing the situation on a regular basis and will be adapting our working practices following government guidelines. However, we have had to make some minor changes to how we are doing things.

Following Government guidelines, we have temporarily closed all of our offices and our staff are now all working from home using secure technologies to ensure they are able to continue to progress with existing and new cases as normal. All face to face meetings have been cancelled, however we are continuing to hold these meetings via phone and video calls. All the team are contactable on their direct dial numbers and email should you need to speak with your solicitor, please do not hesitate to talk to us about anything during this time.

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for many of our clients, and the wider population, and things might look a little different for the foreseeable future. But our focus remains on our dedication, knowledge and strength that we provide to all our clients. We will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks in accordance with official guidelines and to keep everyone informed of the situation.

As always, for any concerns, advice and updates on your case; Talk to Thompsons.

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Some people have jobs where the risk of having an accident or contracting an industrial disease are minimal, however there are other jobs that are more susceptible to accidents and industrial disease and employers and employees should be made aware of the risks.

I was recently concerned when reading a Health & Safety Executive (HSE) report advising that motor vehicle repair body shop workers are at risk of developing occupational asthma.

The HSE report states that vehicle spray painters are 80 times more likely to suffer from occupational asthma if they fail to take the correct precautions to protect themselves from inhaling harmful chemicals within spray paint mist.

Worryingly the HSE found that some spray painters and some managers of body shops were not aware at all of the risk of breathing in chemicals within the spray paint mist.

Of those spray painters and managers who were aware of the risks associated with breathing in the chemicals many did not realise that they should keep their breathing apparatus on until the spray paint was dry. Spray painters who lift their masks before the spray paint is dry are potentially exposing themselves to dangerous mists containing isocynate.

Occupational asthma is a horrible condition which can ruin people’s lives and workers should be aware of the risks of contracting such a disease in their workplace.

Thompsons Solicitors have a specialist team of solicitors who deal with industrial disease compensation claims on a daily basis.  If you have suffered an industrial disease due to unsafe working conditions, call 0800 0891331 for their expert advice.  Their No Win No Fee policy means that they take care of the financial burden of legal action at an already stressful time for clients.

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