Industrial illness claims’ review

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The High Court is to review the progress of around 350 former coke oven workers’ illness claims against British Steel and British Coal for cancers and respiratory diseases allegedly caused by exposure to dust and fumes decades ago.

Law firms Irwin Mitchell and Hugh James are working on two group litigation claims on behalf of the workers who became ill after working at coking plants and steel works.

The High Court confirmed it will review the progress on October 16.

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A landmark judgment against a Phurnacite plant in South Wales in the High Court in 2012 paved the way for legal action in other regions including Derbyshire where coking and steel plants were prominent.

Lawyers allege that the British Steel Corporation and British Coal Corporation and their subsidiaries failed to correctly assess risks of working on coke ovens and failed to adequately protect workers from dust and fumes.