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Workers' health & industrial disease

We represent individuals and communities all over the world who have suffered damage to their health and local environment from the effects of pollution and environmental degradation

Multinationals operating in developing countries frequently benefit from less stringently enforced health and safety laws and standards. Injured workers often find it more difficult to obtain compensation at a local level.

Through a series of ground-breaking cases, Leigh Day has managed to hold British and South African companies to account for failing to ensure workers have safe and healthy work environments in their multinational operations.

Our Cases

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Silicosis Settlement
International Corporate accountability Industrial disease Silicosis

Anglo American - Silicosis

In landmark cases pursued in South Africa, Leigh Day worked with South African lawyers for 4,388 former miners against Anglo American South Africa Ltd and AngloGold Ashanti

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Bangladesh Shipbreaking
International Corporate accountability Workers' health Shipbreaking

Zodiac Maritime

Leigh Day represented a 38-year-old Bangladeshi man who lost a leg and the sight in one eye whilst dismantling a ship previously operated by Zodiac Maritime, a London-based shipping company

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Chittagong Bangladesh Getty Image
International Corporate accountability Shipbreaking Workers' health

Maran (UK) Limited

Leigh Day represents the family of a man who was killed after falling from a great height while working on a vessel previously controlled by Maran (UK) Ltd

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Asbestos protest Asbestos South Africa
asbestos International Corporate accountability

Cape plc

Leigh Day represented 7,500 South African asbestos miners in a claim against Cape plc and the insurers of Gencor, a South African mining company

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International Industrial disease

Rio Tinto

Leigh Day acted for a former miner against the owners, Rio Tinto plc, the first case of its kind in the UK

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Thor Chamicals South Africa
International Corporate Accountability Industrial disease

Thor Chemicals

Leigh Day represented South African workers poisoned by mercury in South Africa, the first multinational human rights case in the UK

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