The Government has released figures revealing its progress in the industrial disease claim of former coal miners. The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s data highlights the payouts for many workers in the Worsley constituency who suffer from Vibration White Finger and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The news was welcomed by the Worsley constituency MP Barbara Keeley, who was convinced the government remained on track with its compensation plans for workers of thelocal coal mine. She iterated her belief in the value of the compensation scheme by admitting, “It’s important that local people whose health has been impaired because of their work in coal mines receive the compensation they are entitled to, including the families of those miners who have died.”
The figures released stated the following:
Vibration White Finger – 198 claims of Worsley miners have been settled, awarding over £2 million pounds compensation.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – 2791 Worsley miners’ claims have been settled, awarding £11.4 million pounds to sufferers.
Nationally the figures are encouraging as well, with 169,000 out of 170,000 vibration white finger claims already settled. Also, 581,000 out of 592,000 claims for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have already been completed.