Asbestos Still Killing 3,000 People a Year in the UK
Specialist asbestos disease Solicitor Patrick Walsh sees the tragic aftermath of asbestos disease as families struggle to come to terms with the fact that employers’ negligence caused the death of their loved ones.
Over 3,000 people a year die of asbestos related diseases, caused by inhaling asbestos dust. Asbestos was commonly used in building materials in many industries, particularly construction, from the 1950’s through to the 1980’s. “The material was commonly used for insulation and as a fire retardant in buildings right through to the mid 1980’s”, says Patrick Walsh, who is one of the Industrial Disease Solicitors at Manchester law firm Pannone LLP.
Be asbestos aware.
Patrick is in full agreement with the British Lung Foundation, which has highlighted the fact that most tradespeople coming into contact with asbestos are unaware of the risks associated with it. He commented,” Plumbers, laggers, joiners, carpenters and even painters and decorators are still coming into contact with asbestos. Any building built or refurbished before 2000 could still contain asbestos and anyone working in such environments should be made aware of the dangers, and be made to take the appropriate precautions to avoid contamination. It is vitally important to be asbestos aware.
“Asbestos disease can take many years to manifest itself and those workers who came in to contact with it from the 50’s to the mid 80’s would be wise to take regular healthchecks. If the worst does happen and they have contracted asbestos related disease, it is important it is discovered as soon as possible. If it is found that the exposure was caused negligently, we can often take action for compensation against former employers.”
Mesothelioma awareness day.
The plight of Mesothelioma (the always fatal asbestos related cancer) sufferers and their families will be highlighted throughout the country next week on Wednesday February 27th, which has been designated Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Meetings and rallies will be held in major cities and the issue will be raised in parliament to bring the issue to the attention of MP’s.
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