Legally, contaminated land is defined as ‘land where substances could cause: significant harm to people or protected species and/or significant pollution of surface waters or groundwater.’
Soil contamination is more commonly found on sites that were previously factories, coal mines, steelworks, refineries and landfills where the regulations governing waste disposal were slack or nonexistent.
Nowadays we are fortunate enough that UK industries working with man-made chemicals are governed by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations which limits the amount of substances that employees are exposed to.
Employers in these industries have a legal responsibility to monitor workers who are at a known risk of developing industrial disease and other occupational illnesses because of their working environment.
If you are diagnosed with a personal injury as a result of contaminated soil, you may then be able to make a compensation claim.