Asbestosis is a nasty industrial disease that kills around 5,000 workers each year in the UK (which is more than the number of people killed on our roads); when asbestos is disturbed, the fibres from it can be inhaled, and when done so, they can cause serious diseases.
Whenever asbestos containing materials are found to be present, businesses have a legal duty to document and implement an Asbestos Management Plan which includes measures to adequately control the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres.
Unfortunately some firms do not follow the full legal process and in turn put employees under further risk.
For example, Blue Diamond Engineering Limited in Shildon, have recently been fined by the Health and Safety Executive for failure to act on an asbestos risks after they had been alerted to the existence of hazardous asbestos materials during a survey at the firm’s premises back in 2006; they also failed to take employees health and safety into consideration when new works were carried out that could have disturbed asbestos fibres.
The symptoms of asbestosis and mesothelioma (a type of cancer caused by asbestos) tend not to surface for at least ten years after the individual has been exposed to asbestos, but it can take up to 50 or 60 years to surface; by which time individual are no longer working with the material or the company concerned might not even exist.
Our Industrial Disease experts here at Michael Lewin Solicitors are here to offer free, confidential advice to anyone that has been diagnosed with asbestosis or mesothelioma; or believe that they have been affected because they have come into contact with asbestos or any other hazardous substance. We offer a no win, no fee, no risk compensation service to all of our industrial disease clients.
If you would like more information, help or advice on claiming, then please call us on 0844 499 9302, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or we have more information and a claim form on our Asbestosis Compensation page.