High Court date set for review of claims by South Yorkshire coke oven workers

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The High Court is to review the progress of around 350 former coke oven workers’ illness claims against British Steel and British Coal in a battle for justice for cancers and respiratory diseases they claim to be suffering because of exposure to harmful dust and fumes decades ago.

There were several coke ovens across Yorkshire and many workers from the region are taking legal action against the two firms.

Law firms Irwin Mitchell and Hugh James are working jointly on two large group litigation claims against the firms.

The High Court will review the claims on October 16.

David Johnston-Keay, a specialist workplace illness lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said: “Employees have a basic right to be able to go to work and return home safely at the end of the day.”