Employers are once again being reminded of their responsibilities regarding asbestos following a compensation award of £360,000 for the family of a woman who died from mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure in her workplace. Catriona Ralls,...
A recent survey from the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) has revealed that one in four construction workers believe they could have been exposed to asbestos and therefore susceptible to developing the fatal illness, mesothelioma. Catriona Ralls, Industrial Disease specialist, reviews here the results of the survey and why it is so important that workers in this sector take the proper precautions.
The now banned use of asbestos in property and industry has led to thousands of fatalities over recent decades. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in 2015 there were 2,542 deaths from mesothelioma, an incurable lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.
Despite the abolishment of using asbestos in buildings almost 20 years ago, there are still over 2,000 deaths a year caused by exposure to the material. These are mainly due to lung cancer and mesothelioma, which can take years to develop following the initial exposure.
Exposure to asbestos can occur anywhere, and while it is only dangerous when disturbed, landlords have a responsibility to ensure their buildings are either free from asbestos or it is correctly monitored and managed. Asbestos was a common building material in the 60’s and 70’s; many buildings still stand with asbestos in their infrastructure. The material was only banned in the UK in 1999. Under Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 regulations, all landlords have a duty to minimise the risk of exposure to asbestos, whether they be industrial, commercial, or public buildings.
Mesothelioma is a devastating disease caused by exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately the number of people dying from this type of cancer is rising each year. Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics have shown that six people are dying each day of mesothelioma in England and Wales, with some Hampshire towns amongst those having the highest mortality rates.
Recently released statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that work related injuries and ill health are costing the economy £14billion a year, despite Britain being one of the safest places to work in Europe. Deborah Foundling, Industrial Disease specialist Personal Injury Lawyer, here reviews the statistics and urges employers to consider their health and safety practices in the workplace.
Spring has sprung and we’re well and truly into DIY season, but with this comes the danger of disturbing asbestos as we’re making improvements to our home. The beginning of April saw Global Asbestos Awareness Week and here Dan Thompson, Personal Injury Partner, explains how asbestos is impacting our lives, and the measures you need to take to remove it safely.