Asbestos and people at risk

Asbestos was known as the ‘magic material’ as it combined the durability of rock with the suppleness of silk. This allowed it to be used for many industrial purposes.

However, asbestos fibres are the smallest natural fibres known, and if asbestos material is disturbed they release these asbestos fibres which can be inhaled into the lungs. Once in the lungs they can remain there for many years and it is often the case that asbestos related respiratory diseases do not manifest until many years later.

People most likely to be exposed to asbestos are males working as:

  • Metal plate workers

  • Vehicle body builders

  • Plumbers and gas fitters

  • Carpenters

  • Electricians

  • Sheet metal workers

  • Electrical plant operators

  • Production fitters

  • Construction workers

  • Electrical engineers

These occupations are generally linked with three broad areas of asbestos use:

  • Shipbuilding

  • Railway building

  • Construction

For more information: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/occ8000.pdf

What measures have been taken to reduce the risk?
Much has been done to control the risk of asbestos under the Asbestos (Prohibition) Regulations. Due to the large number of people working in high risk occupations, there was a revision in 2002 of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations. This introduced a duty on those responsible for commercial premises to manage the asbestos contained in them.

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How we can help
If you (or a member of your family) are suffering an asbestos related illness due to non-fault exposure at work, you are legally entitled to claim compensation. There’s no risk when it comes to making a claim with us, as our expert solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis. This means that in the event your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t face any legal fees. That’s what no win, no fee is all about. More information about no win, no fee

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Dealing with asbestos claims requires the skills and knowledge of a personal injury solicitor experienced in dealing with asbestos related compensation claims. We have an excellent success rate and always deal with your claim in a professional and honest manner. More about our personal injury solicitors

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If you have worked in a high risk occupation which has caused you to suffer an asbestos related illness, we can help you claim compensation. Contact us now on 0800 781 7789 or complete the form opposite and we’ll get back to you.

 

 
 
 
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