Monthly Archives: August 2016

Asbestos dangers not limited to commercial buildings

The significant danger posed by asbestos in domestic properties was brought to light recently when amosite from the loft insulation of a fire-damaged house was found in neighbouring gardens. The fatal fire caused significant damage to the roof of the house near Consett, and residents claim the roof cavity was not covered for several weeks. […]

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Asbestos products still getting through customs in Australia

Even though Australia imposed a total ban on asbestos at the end of 2003, products containing the carcinogenic material are still finding their way into the country. The Guardian recently reported on the cheap asbestos-containing materials that are slipping through Australia’s borders from India and China, and the potential implications of their use. Materials from […]

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Companies House move may prevent asbestos compensation claims

Companies House are considering removing company details from their database six years after a company becomes defunct. This would make it almost impossible for asbestos victims to claim compensation from liable employers. Although awareness of the health and safety issues surrounding asbestos is high these days, victims currently experiencing symptoms would have been exposed to […]

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Increasing number of secondary asbestos exposure victims

Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show the number of men dying from occupational asbestos-related disease is far greater than the figure for women. In 2014, there were 2,101 male deaths and 414 female deaths from mesothelioma. These figures reflect an era of widespread asbestos use, along with high exposure rates for men […]

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Landmark ruling for asbestos compensation

A ruling by the Court of Appeal has set a baseline for asbestosis compensation claims. Historically, a general lack of awareness among employees working with asbestos products has led to the current high mortality rates and incidences of severe health problems from asbestos-related disease. When making a compensation claim for asbestosis, the legal profession sometimes […]

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