Farmer’s lung is also known as allergic alveolitis, hypersensitivity elveolitis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
It is caused by breathing in the dust from mouldy hay or crops – over time people can become allergic to this mould. Symptoms of farmer’s lung can include shortness of breath, fever, coughing and chest pains.
Your employer should take measures to reduce the risk of farmer’s lung. This includes providing proper ventilation, making sure the crops are dried properly before storage and providing you with a dust mask. If they’ve failed to do this, then you may be able to make a compensation claim.