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11 August 2017 | Comment | Article by James Gibson

Former workers from Coventry Homefire plant could be entitled to compensation

The Coventry Homefire plant in Keresley produced smokeless fuel in the form of briquettes until its closure in 2000. The production process was not as ‘smokeless’ as the resulting fuel however, with workers at the plant being exposed to large quantities of dust and smoke every day. Employers have a duty to provide a safe workplace. If better ventilation and protective equipment had been provided, this may have prevented such great exposure to these emissions.

The process at the Homefire plant was similar to the process at the Phurnacite plant in Abercwmboi, South Wales. Specialist solicitors at Hugh James represented hundreds of ex Phurnacite workers and their families in the landmark litigation in 2012, in which the Judge found that exposure to the emissions at Phurnacite can cause respiratory disease and certain types of cancer.

Following the outcome of this case, former Homefire plant workers and families of deceased workers may now be able to claim compensation for COPD, COAD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, lung cancer and skin cancer.

If you or a member of your family worked at the Homefire plant and suffered from one of the above diseases, please get in touch with James Gibson on the industrial disease team.

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James Gibson


James is a Partner at Hugh James specialising in group litigation and international asbestos-related disease claims. Having been appointed as a lead solicitor in a number of complex and high-profile group litigation actions, James has successfully settled hundreds of personal injury claims and recovered millions of pounds in compensation for clients over the past 14 years.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.


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