Home > Health & Wellbeing > What if Work Makes You Ill?

What if Work Makes You Ill?

By: Ross Wigham - Updated: 15 Aug 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Stress Workplace Illness Work-related

Nobody should let their job adversely affect their health, but it's a sad fact that in Britain many people are still becoming ill because of their work.

Work-related illnesses like stress, Back Pain, depression and RSI are all too common nowadays, adding to the more serious long-term conditions like asbestosis which can cause death.

According to the trade unions more than two and a half million people are made ill by their job every year, with more than 28 million working days lost due to sickness caused or made worse by work.

Whatever the symptoms or causes of workplace sickness, you have the legal right to be kept safe and healthy by employers and should never have to work with equipment or substances that could endanger your health.

How Can Work Make You ill?

There are many ways that your workplace can make you ill and a host of different medical conditions can be caused or exacerbated by problems at work.

Everything from serious accidents to poor lifting techniques can have an adverse impact on your health but the good news is that most of the factors that cause workplace illnesses are entirely avoidable.

Following the proper safety rules laid down by the government and carrying out regular Risk Assessments should keep most people safe from harm.

Bad working practices and poor health and safety measures are usually to blame for workplace illnesses, even though your employer has a legal duty to keep you safe.

Because you spend so much time at work this can be a huge area, but here are a few of the most common conditions faced by British workers:

Asthma
As many as 3,000 workers develop occupational asthma each year, while up to 4,000 more who already have the condition, are made worse because of their job. It is thought to be caused by an allergic reaction to airborne particles, such as flour or wood dust.

Back Pain
This is one of the biggest problems in the UK, and the most common work-related illness. Although there is no definitive cause, it can be brought on by manual lifting, repetitive tasks, driving or sitting at poorly designed work stations for long periods of time.

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs).
Problems with the muscles, tendons, ligaments or joints affect more than one million people in the UK. One of the most common disorders is Repetitive Stain Injury (RSI) which can cause permanent damage to the neck, wrist or hands.

Noise Damage
Excessive noise at work can irreversibly damage your hearing. There are risks in many industries although wearing protection can often help protect your hearing.

Skin Diseases
All kinds of hazardous chemicals, substances or agents found in the workplace can lead to skin disease. Dermatitis and urticaria are probably the most common examples, although skin cancer can also be a consideration for people working outside or near certain chemicals.

Stress-Related illnesses
According to official figures these conditions are affecting more and more people at work. Stress has become a real problem that can lead to long-term illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Although every job contains a degree of pressure, excessive demands can lead to stress-related illnesses.

Vibration Injuries
Exposure to hand arm vibration, through tasks like drilling, or whole body vibration by driving commercial vehicles can cause a range of medical problems. This can lead to problems such as vibration white finger, carpal tunnel syndrome and other conditions like back pain.

Vocal Injuries
Damage to the voice otherwise known as dysphonia can affect workers in a wide range of sectors, particularly if the job involves long periods on the phone, or communicating in noisy conditions.

What Should You do if Work Makes You ill?

Health and safety law in the UK is extensive and covers almost every possible factor that could make you ill or the victim of an accident.

The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are responsible for creating and enforcing the safety laws across the UK. If you feel you have been made ill or are facing unacceptable risks at work check with the HSE, as failure to comply with health and safety law is a serious offence.

All workers have statutory rights around health and safety so your employer cannot take any action against you for reporting problems.

Trade unions also have the legal right to investigate health risks on your behalf. Many workplaces now have union safety representatives so you should always ask for help if your job is putting you at risk.

If you have already become ill your GP can issue a sick note and provide advice on the cause of your condition and any rehabilitation required to improve it.

How Can You Prevent Workplace illnesses?

The HSE provides a huge range of advice on complying with Health and Safety Law and staying safe at work.

Lots of this can be common sense but if you do have a problem you must report it to your bosses immediately so they can take action to improve working conditions.

There should be regular risk assessments about the dangers you face in the workplace, as well as an initial assessment when you fist join a company.

Health and safety laws cover almost everything you could encounter in the workplace including:

  • Temperature.
  • Ventilation.
  • Sanitation and washing facilities.
  • Computer equipment.
  • Working with tools.
  • Working at height.
  • Seating.
  • Dangerous substances.
  • Rest breaks and holidays.

You also have duties and responsibilities so you should always comply with any rules set out by your employer, such as wearing protective equipment and following safety instructions.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
[Add a Comment]
I recently suffered a severe kidney infection followed by a collapse due to heat stroke at work during the recent heatwave. In the lead up to my collapse, myself and another colleague complained about the temperature in our rooms which was consistently over 32* because we have floor to ceiling windows that can't be opened, no airflow due to being at the end of a corridor and no ventilation or air-con. We were advised that the management no longer allowed us with fans when we asked for them even though all other areas of the building have air-conditioning or could open windows. Then, whilst covering another colleague in their workspace which had access to both windows that could open and air-con, I discovered she was also allowed a fan which didn't make any sense. When I brought this to the attention of managers they did not respond. My doctor thinks that my current ill-health is entirely due to my work conditions. I have been in touch with my Union who have suggested they ask for air-con so that I can go back to work next term. I am very anxious about returning to work for the new management who have such a disregard for their staff well-being and it is making me extremely emotional and anxious. The member of First aid who called the ambulance was told off for doing so by the management even though I was very ill, was kept at the hospital and needed litres of fluid intravenously. I do not want to go back at all. I would really appreciate some advice
Nelly - 15-Aug-18 @ 9:01 AM
Hi. I developed a serious lung infection last year and had around 14 weeks off work. The lung specialist asked if I'd had any exposure to mould which at the time i couldnt think of any contact. This year at work a manager In staff meetings has said how the place is better in a certain department as there is no mouldy stuff as there was last year.. I was the person who helped cleared that area last year. Where do I stand?
bloke69 - 10-Jul-18 @ 7:51 PM
Hi can someone help me? I work in a building which is a number of floors high. There is building work including piledriving going on at a site adjacent to my building daily. It is scheduled to last until end of 2018. The work is causing vibrations in my office and in other people’s offices throughout the building. There are a number of us who have been experiencing whole body vibration symptoms such as nausea, headaches, loss of concentration, dizziness. Others do not appear to be affected by the work. We have been told that the level of vibration when measured is within the regulatory standard. But we continue to experience the symptoms, which can last into the evening (similar to the feeling when you get leave a ship and it takes a while to acclimatise back to solid ground). Occ health has not been helpful. What should we expect from our employer? At what point would it be dangerous to our health to continue to work in such an environment? What can we ask our employer to do?
Wonbly - 22-Jun-18 @ 3:24 AM
Hi I have just had 4 months signed off sick and have been signed off again for another 3 months.I have fibromyalgia and arthritis in my jaw hands and feet so I'm constantly in pain.I don't know if I'm going to be able to go back to work so I. Looking for advice as to weather my GP can sign me permanently out of work
Rach - 12-Jun-18 @ 3:02 PM
Jimbo - Your Question:
Hi, I'm wondering if someone can help me.I recenctly got sacked for gross misconduct. I had worked for the componey for nearly 6 years, sadly there was big managerial changes.One of the new managers that came in made my life hell, he made me feel like the devil's gift and not even capable of buttering bread. Sadly due to the way I was treat by my manager I ended up falling ill and very suicidal. If it wasn't for my family & mrs I'd probably be gone already.I ended up having around 6 weeks off work due to the diagnosis of depression and anxiety. I went back to work when I felt strong enough, sadly it only took around 1 week before he shot me back down again.After speaking with my GP I was advised to leave the componey, so I handed my notice in.With 2 weeks left of my notice I was working one Saturday morning when this manager came in and gave me s**t.I was so angry that I used the componey fuel card to put £30 of fuel into my car.Which I instantly regretted as the issue was more with the manager and not the componey. I had tried to explain to the componey ( other higher up managers) how he made me feel before I became ill and nothing was done about it.Anyhow it was my mental state of health that caused me to loose sight of what I was doing. Can you advise if I have good enough grounds to appeal.I know theaft is theaft but I handed them the money back as I am not a criminal or theaft. I was just un-well and lost sight of what I was doing.

Our Response:
We really can't say one way or the other, but it is worth speaking to an employment lawyer to see whether you have a case. Also speak to ACAS for advice on whether there is any case for unfair dismissal.
SafeWorkers - 25-Apr-18 @ 12:25 PM
Hi, I'm wondering if someone can help me. I recenctly got sacked for gross misconduct. I had worked for the componey for nearly 6 years, sadly there was big managerial changes. One of the new managers that came in made my life hell, he made me feel like the devil's gift and not even capable of buttering bread. Sadly due to the way I was treat by my manager I ended up falling ill and very suicidal. If it wasn't for my family & mrs I'd probably be gone already. I ended up having around 6 weeks off work due to the diagnosis of depression and anxiety. I went back to work when I felt strong enough, sadly it only took around 1 week before he shot me back down again. After speaking with my GP I was advised to leave the componey, so I handed my notice in. With 2 weeks left of my notice I was working one Saturday morning when this manager came in and gave me s**t. I was so angry that I used the componey fuel card to put £30 of fuel into my car. Which I instantly regretted as the issue was more with the manager and not the componey. I had tried to explain to the componey ( other higher up managers) how he made me feel before I became ill and nothing was done about it. Anyhow it was my mental state of health that caused me to loose sight of what I was doing. Can you advise if I have good enough grounds to appeal.. I know theaft is theaft but I handed them the money back as I am not a criminal or theaft. I was just un-well and lost sight of what I was doing.
Jimbo - 23-Apr-18 @ 2:17 PM
Girl - Your Question:
Hi, I hope someone can help. I work with chemicals in a laboratory.I have developed a chronic migraine with an aura due to insufficient ventilation in my laboratory. My chronic migraine with aura has been continuous since 2016. I raised this concern to my employer who at the time had no COSHH. Since end of 2016, health and safety at work has been improvised and COSHH assessments are present everywhere.I am now stuck in a situation where my chronic migraine with an aura is still really bad as I am taking minimum of 2 working days off sick and also returning home after a few hours at work. My symptoms also include memory issues and high levels of anxiety.My employer is failing to acknowledge that this illness was caused by work not have a COSHH assessment and correct PPE. I have colleagues telling me I am sensitive to chemicals when I have been working for my current employer for nearly 4yrs and this issue started in 2016.Medical consultants have agreed that this illness was caused by work as I was a healthy individual prior to working there. However medical consultants have also said that they will not say this directly if I was to pursue legal action.What do I do?

Our Response:
You would need to consult a legal professional (injury claims lawyer etc) about this - we're sorry we can't give you any other advice.
SafeWorkers - 7-Nov-17 @ 1:03 PM
Hi, I hope someone can help. I work with chemicals in a laboratory. I have developed a chronic migraine with an aura due to insufficient ventilation in my laboratory. My chronic migraine with aura has been continuous since 2016. I raised this concern to my employer who at the time had no COSHH. Since end of 2016, health and safety at work has been improvised and COSHH assessments are present everywhere. I am now stuck in a situation where my chronic migraine with an aura is still really bad as I am taking minimum of 2 working days off sick and also returning home after a few hours at work. My symptoms also include memory issues and high levels of anxiety. My employer is failing to acknowledge that this illness was caused by work not have a COSHH assessment and correct PPE. I have colleagues telling me I am sensitive to chemicals when I have been working for my current employer for nearly 4yrs and this issue started in 2016. Medical consultants have agreed that this illness was caused by work as I was a healthy individual prior to working there. However medical consultants have also said that they will not say this directly if I was to pursue legal action. What do I do?
Girl - 1-Nov-17 @ 6:47 PM
I work in a school. Many staff go off sick with coughs, colds, diarrhoeaand sickness which they have caught directly from the children they work with. If we have more than the statuary days off sick we are given a warning. Is it acceptable for our work to make us Ill in this instance?
Ceri - 5-Oct-17 @ 10:56 AM
Worriedworker - Your Question:
Hi I hope someone can help me. I work in a store cafe and we have had no air conditioning for the last two days as its broken. We have had engineers out to look at it but it doesnt seem to be getting fixed. Temperatures in our kitchen have reached as high as 36 degrees and although our boss is supplying us with water, I have became increasingly ill with what I believe is heat stroke. I do have an absence record so was wondering what my rights are in terms of being ill BECAUSE of the air conditioning (being out of my control) is broken. I know there is no legal maximum temperature for working conditions but there must be some rights I have. Any help would be EXTREMELY appreciated. Thank you.

Our Response:
You would have to prove unequivocably that your illness was caused as a direct result of the broken air conditioning if you were to try and make any claim for absence/lost earnings etc
SafeWorkers - 22-Aug-17 @ 11:20 AM
Hi i hope someone can help me. I work in a store cafe and we have had no air conditioning for the last two days as its broken. We have had engineers out to look at it but it doesnt seem to be getting fixed. Temperatures in our kitchen have reached as high as 36 degrees and although our boss is supplying us with water, i have became increasingly ill with what i believe is heat stroke. I do have an absence record so was wondering what my rights are in terms of being ill BECAUSE of the air conditioning (being out of my control) is broken. I know there is no legal maximum temperature for working conditions but there must be some rights i have. Any help would be EXTREMELY appreciated. Thank you.
Worriedworker - 19-Aug-17 @ 6:53 PM
Hagman777 - Your Question:
Hi can somebody help I work as a security officer in a shopping centre in Kent myself and colleagues constantly have to deal with anti social behaviour mainly from teenagers and school children being sworn at and verbal abuse we have body cameras one day we had a problem. with some kids and I lost my temper and swore on camera now I am being taken to a disciplinary by my employers and the chance of dismissal due to gross misconduct we get no support from our managers also the police are no help at all we are suppposed to get on with it and behave correctly as the customer is always right and I should know better I have asked for specified conflict training from my company even offering to pay for it myself and have heard nothing back training has to be ongoing and relavent to today I can't remember the last time we had any bottom line is this job is making me I'll I have just come back to work after two weeks off for job related stress I am at my wits end and feel I have nothing. To look forward to except losing my job and at 61 would I find another with a gross misconduct on my record I don't know what to do

Our Response:
It's worth giving ACAS a called for some individual advice on this, especially if you have asked for training (and offered to pay for it) but not received any.
SafeWorkers - 19-May-17 @ 2:38 PM
Hi can somebody help I work as a security officer in a shopping centre in Kent myself and colleagues constantly have to deal with anti social behaviour mainly from teenagers and school children being sworn at and verbal abuse we have body cameras one day we had a problem. with some kids and I lost my temper and swore on camera now I am being taken to a disciplinary by my employers and the chance of dismissal due to gross misconduct we get no support from our managers also the police are no help at all we are suppposed to get on with it and behave correctly as the customer is always right and I should know better I have asked for specified conflict training from my company even offering to pay for it myself and have heard nothing back training has to be ongoing and relavent to today I can't remember the last time we had any bottom line is this job is making me I'll I have just come back to work after two weeks off for job related stress I am at my wits end and feel I have nothing. To look forward to except losing my job and at 61 would I find another with a gross misconduct on my record I don't know what to do
Hagman777 - 19-May-17 @ 5:19 AM
Does anyone even respond to queries on this site anymore?I came here last year hoping for a resolution to my problem and since June 2016, no one has actually replied to anything on here.I have had no contact through email or seen any solutions on this site.I am speaking on behalf of everyone that has posted on here since my original post.I hope that they are getting some help cause I sure am not.
Jay.LB - 2-Mar-17 @ 1:57 PM
My boss at work is a nasty vile man he shouts at us tells us he is our god and orders us to do our job properly or he will sack us. I work as a shoe shop sales assistant. He recently moved shops and ordered us to carry big sacks of boxes of shoes and boots across a busy road into his new shop shouting and telling us to hurry up while he stood and watched.my whole body ached and my back hurt but he didn't care. When I confronted him he told me to resign and get out his shop. I haven't resigned and he will not sack me but will not allow me to go back in his shop. Don't no what to do. Should I get a sick note.
Pip - 5-Feb-17 @ 10:54 PM
Ive been of work three short period due to heavy colds and throat infections and have had a written warning even though caught it from residents in a challenging behavior home. I explained it was due to work but didnt seem to matter even though its health and safty or so i thought . is this fair and right
Est - 22-Jan-17 @ 5:59 PM
I work for one of the largest banks in the UK,I suffer with fibromalgyia, all I ask for is s more suitable chair to stop me suffering from pain, No one is interested of my health issues, all I get told is,No we Dont have any chairs you Dont have a blue badge, 4 weeks I have been trying to get this sorted,Not alone the Issue with the security with parking my car, . Before I started at this big Bank I suffered with my normal pain,but didn't hobble , but my spine is in so much pain I cannot walk properly now. No one cares at the biggest bank in the UK. I have spoke to different people, the team leaders and they spoke to the managers who do not know me, who do not care, who said NO , because I Dont look like I have a health issue and they cannot see my pain. So sorry no can do,no chair for you, A simple thing a little comfort to help ease my spine. How sad , I must state I have never in all my years ever been treated like I have at the UK's largest Bank. We Dont care about you or your pain. Well I won't stand for this, its outrageous. and its not right to treat people with health issues in this way, Blue badge or not. The Largest Bank.B
Dolly - 29-Nov-16 @ 10:10 PM
I had to start an investigation about bullying at work,this took over 4 weeks to conclude,no action was taken,I am now off due to a bad flare up of crohns which has had me in bed for a week my sick note says work related stress,crohns flare up. i know I will walk back into a hostile work force when I return and scared it will flare my crohns up again. Should they be held responsible for this and what do I do?
Deedee - 13-Nov-16 @ 8:52 PM
Can anyone help me. I'm working on an entertainment department which I'm almost having to do all the work on my own and it's really getting me down to the fact I'm stressing out at people and always crying at work. Basically once people left the department they were never replaced. THE department was made bigger and no extra help given. Then one colleague was supposed to come and help. their job role was to do the games and books chrt changes. SAID colleague is either off sick or gets emergency service call outs so is rarely on the department and when he is there he doesn't pull his weght. SO on top of my never ending jobs list I have to do his also. It's getting too much and the job is getting harder. I have had numerous conversations with my line manager who just fobs me off with compliments on how I do such a good job. I have asked quite a few times now to come off that department just to be told no I'm not aloud especially near Christmas as they need me to do all the work. said colleague has expressed he doesn't want to work on it anymore and he is getting moved. How is that fair. SO again I'm going to be on my own trying to do all the jobs. I'm forever being told not to worry about the job not to take the worry home which is easier said than done as whatever I don't do I know I will have to do the next day as well as my new list. I'M constantly fixing up jobs others should have done. And it's hard when we have visits from higher up who then ask why havnt I done this and that. Because I don't get the time. I run around like a blue arse fly all day trying to get everything done. Do I have any rights in moving departments when the job is among me depressed to the max?
Stressedtothemax - 4-Nov-16 @ 5:03 PM
I suffer with a condition where air conditioning causes me to have nasal polyps. Upon getting these I then start to suffer with chronic sinusitis and severe congestion headaches. I have managed to get by in life by avoiding long spells of air conditioning exposure.When this becomes unavoidable, such as long flights etc, I can take nasal spray medication to help relieve my symptoms.However, I am only able to take this for a number of weeks before I start getting nose bleeds and sores inside my nostrils. I have been forced to sit in an office at work where there is a constant flow of air conditioning even after mentioning to my manager how this affects me.I have had several visits to my GP and the E.N.T department where they have clearly identified that I am currently suffering from the above symptoms, but my GP and the E.N.T. specialist can not confirm that the air con is causing my condition. Because they are unable to prove this, my employer have told me that there is nothing more that can be done and I am to continue sitting in the office that is making me ill.I have seen the companies occupational health therapist who basically did not give a true report back to my employer. I have not taken any time off ill for this, as although I am suffering, I am able to continue with my day to day duties (allbeit uncomfortably). The E.N.T. specialist has recommended me to have surgery to remove the polyps and excess congestion built up inside my head, but have said the polyps are more than likely to return and that medication will still be required after the procedure. I have denied having this for now as I do not wish to waste the time and effort only to come back to work and be forced to sit in the location where they will be made to come back. Is there anything I can do as an employee to be able to move to a more suitable location where I will not be affected?
Jay.LB - 14-Jul-16 @ 2:27 PM
rwj - Your Question:
I was a civil servant worked for 36 years but as my skin problem got worst. I could not arrange hospital appointments in the evening like I do with my dental appointments. I was confronted by managers in charge, told me I couldn't go to hospital appointments on work time. I either had to use my leave or go on my time and work extra hours to pay back, I have never taken liberties at work if fact I have worked past my working day if there was an urgent job, I was bullied and my life at work was hell. I had worry of my appearance, I went out side and peoples reaction to my skin condition made me more self-conscious and nervous. I was thinking of suicide. I was depressed and my GP told me to go on sick leave, I got pay for 6 months and nil pay until I got my termination of my employment letter, the reason being off work long time.I complied with all request for meetings with them and my employers occupational health referral. The reports documented my problems about bulling and unpleasant behaviour regarding my skin illness.I never had any thing in writing from my employer. I did appeal but it was all in house decision. I am over 57 years old and now I am unemployable,they treated me worst then a criminal. There is the employment tribunal but I have been warned the money offered to me would withdrawn if I lost. I could do with advise on my situation.wish I was a banker!

Our Response:
Really, the only way to get compensation for this is via a tribunal - you do say however that some money has already been offered?
SafeWorkers - 7-Jun-16 @ 12:24 PM
I was a civil servant worked for 36 years but as my skin problem got worst. I could not arrange hospital appointments in the evening like I do with my dental appointments. I was confronted by managers in charge, told me I couldn't go to hospital appointments on work time. I either had to use my leave or go on my time and work extra hours to pay back, I have never taken liberties at work if fact I have worked past my working day if there was an urgent job, I was bullied and my life at work was hell. I had worry of my appearance, I went out side and peoples reaction to my skin condition made me more self-conscious and nervous. I was thinking of suicide. I was depressed and my GP told me to go on sick leave, I got pay for 6 months and nil pay until I got my termination of my employment letter, the reason being off work long time. I complied with all request for meetings with them and my employers occupational health referral. The reports documented my problems about bulling and unpleasant behaviour regarding my skin illness. I never had any thing in writing from my employer. I did appeal but it was all in house decision. I am over 57 years old and now I am unemployable, they treated me worst then a criminal. There is the employment tribunal but I have been warned the money offered to me would withdrawn if I lost. I could do with advise on my situation. wish I was a banker!
rwj - 5-Jun-16 @ 4:33 PM
bob - Your Question:
Hi I have a condition called ornithophobia (fear of birds), at work recently some one has been feeding the birds out side the windows in the office I work in. I have asked the person to stop feeding the birds,but I'm not sure if they have. I have told my manager that someone has been feeding the birds on the windowsill and he is aware of it. He suggested that I move to another chair in the office,but I can still see the bird from where ever I sit in the office or rest room as it has now learnt that if it sits on the windowsill and taps on the window with its beak someone will feed it. I know it sounds silly but I am now frightened to go to work as I can see the bird every time it turns up. I lay awake at night unable to sleep stressing about the bird. What if anything can my employer do about the bird ? am I within my rights to take time off with stress until they have introduced some anti bird measures? I have already spoken to my doctor about the fear of birds and I hope they will offer me some therapy but at the minute I'm just to scared to sit in the office as there is nowhere else I can work from. thanks for you advice

Our Response:
We suggest you discuss this with your employer first of all. They may be able to help you get access to a treatment (such as Coginitive Behaviour Therapy) more quickly than your GP might.
SafeWorkers - 18-May-16 @ 12:17 PM
Hi I have a condition called ornithophobia (fear of birds), at work recently some one has been feeding the birds out side the windows in the office i work in. I have asked the person to stop feeding the birds,but i'm not sure if they have. I have told my manager that someone has been feeding the birds on the windowsill and he is aware of it. He suggested that I move to another chair in the office,but I can still see the bird from where ever I sit in the office or rest room as it has now learnt that if it sits on the windowsilland taps on the window with its beaksomeone will feed it. I know it sounds silly but I am now frightened to go to work asI can see the bird every time it turns up. I lay awake at night unable to sleep stressing about the bird. What if anything can my employer do about the bird ? am I within my rights to take time off with stress until they have introduced some anti bird measures? I have already spoken to my doctor about the fear of birds and I hope they will offer me some therapy but at the minute i'm just to scared to sit in the office as there is nowhere else I can work from. thanks for you advice
bob - 16-May-16 @ 9:30 AM
Binkie - Your Question:
I have fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME - my job is causing me lots of stress & anxiety as I work from home as a Customer Services Agent purely because of my condition & due to having customers constantly complaining it is causing me lots of stress & upset - I have been to my GP & had a note from my GP to ask me to move departments & I have been refused - what can I do?

Our Response:
If there is no other work available for you to do, then your employer will have no choice but to let you go, if you are not fit to do the job that you were employed to.
SafeWorkers - 26-Jan-16 @ 11:47 AM
I have fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME - my job is causing me lots of stress & anxiety as I work from home as a Customer Services Agent purely because of my condition & due to having customers constantly complaining it is causing me lots of stress & upset - I have been to my GP & had a note from my GP to ask me to move departments & I have been refused - what can I do?
Binkie - 25-Jan-16 @ 12:26 PM
I recently get a red face and dry skin, I'm having a patch test done by the hospital to see if I'm allergic to anything. I would with GRP which is glass reinforced plastic, I also work with silicone and adhesives, where do I stand if it is work that is causing this !? Thank you
Searsy - 14-Jan-16 @ 12:38 PM
I work in manufacturing. I started getting a bad neck when moved to a different department 12 years ago, have now been diagnosed with osteo arthritis in 3 parts of my neck. I was sitting down doing this job all that time. We now stand up but now I have a frozen shoulder due to repetitive movement. I am now 62. I am very distressed as I was planning to work part time when receiving my pension in January. My physiotherapist says that I shouldn't continue with this work. What can I do? Your help would be much appreciated Christine Lines
Chrissie - 10-Aug-15 @ 6:31 PM
@Muvver. We cannot say as we have no idea of the circumstances. An employment lawyer might be more helpful in giving you an idea of a figure.
SafeWorkers - 16-Jun-15 @ 2:14 PM
My brother was wrongly accused of gross misconduct. He has worked for this company for eight years with unblemished record. He broke down at his disiplinery hearing in March and has been off with stress and depression ever since. He has also developed a serious hand tremor due to his anxiety attacks and has been told by his doctor that he might never recover from this. He is 61years old and will now never work again. He has asked the company for a settlement agreement to terminate his employment with them. How much should he ask for? Any help would be appreciated. N
Muvver - 11-Jun-15 @ 10:25 PM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments