75. Compensation claims.

On 1 January 1998, the health compensation liabilities of the British Coal Corporation1 were transferred to the Secretary of State2 by a restructuring scheme3. Industrial injury actions have been brought regarding various work-related conditions, such as lung diseases4 and vibratory white finger5.

The Coal Liabilities Unit6 deals with potential new liabilities arising from injuries or illness following employment by British Coal and its predecessors. It oversaw the administration of the two compensation schemes, one for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and one for vibration white finger. Claims handling agreements were negotiated for the two schemes which included information on how claims