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Asbestos compensation specialists welcome new campaign
The launch of a new campaign warning of the dangers of asbestos has been welcomed by industrial disease specialists at Fentons Solicitors LLP.
Bridget Collier, head of the industrial disease team at Fentons, said it was vital that tradesmen were aware of the continued danger of asbestos, amid fears the deadly substance may be present in any buildings constructed or refurbished before 2000.
The Health and Safety Executive this week launched a new campaign - Asbestos, the Hidden Killer - highlighting the dangers posed by asbestos, widely acknowledged as Britain's biggest workplace killer.
"This new campaign has published figures showing that around a quarter of the 4,000 or so people dying from asbestos-related diseases each year in Britain are tradesmen such as joiners, electricians and plumbers," said Bridget. "About twenty are losing their lives each week."
The HSE said more than 35,000 Britons died from mesothelioma between 1977 and 2007, with the annual rate of deaths increasing.
"Asbestos exposure can lead to all manner of terrible diseases such as lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis," said Bridget. "We have spent years fighting for justice on behalf of workers who have contracted these serious, painful and deadly illnesses through no fault of their own. All they did was go to work," she said.
"Something we have been told several times is that older workers in particular were simply unaware of the risks of working with asbestos," said Bridget. "Although the dangers of asbestos are now widely known, there are many buildings still standing where asbestos was used to lag pipes or insulate walls. They still pose a risk to the workers of today.
"If workers are unsure whether asbestos is present in a building they are working in, they should stop and check immediately," she said. "The legacy of asbestos will live on for many years to come, but we need to ensure this hidden killer does not claim another generation of tradesmen."
The new £1.2 million campaign aims to raise awareness of the risks posed by asbestos and how workers can best protect themselves. For further information, visit www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/hiddenkiller.
How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of asbestos-related illness and other industrial diseases. If you think that you have a case or require further information contact Fentons on 0800 019 1297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.
Source - HSE
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