The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is attempting to put a stop to a GBP 1 million compensation claim made by those exposed to radiation during atomic weapons tests.
Back in the 1950s, over 1,000 men were involved in the tests, which took place in the Christmas and Monte Bello Islands off western Australia.
Many of these veterans blame their health problems, which include cancer and fertility issues, on their exposure to the radiation.
However, the MoD is denying negligence and is fighting the compensation claims by stating that they have all been launched outside the legal time limit in which cases can be made.
Last month, new regulations further protecting employees from a different kind of radiation – that from UV light – were introduced.
The Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations came into force on April 27th.
Some sources of artificial light, particularly UV radiation and light from lasers, can cause loss of vision and burns to the skin.
If these are experienced by staff at work, employers could well find themselves involved in compensation claims.
Posted by Trevor Baker