- 3 plumbers die
- 20 tradesworkers (mostly men) die
- 6 electricians die
- 6 joiners die
...all from this hidden killer.
Asbestos is the primary cause of work-related cancer.
Mick Antoniw AM has tabled a motion for leave to bring the following Bill: Asbestos (Recovery of Medical Costs) Bill 2012. Click here for more.
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...all from this hidden killer.
It is now illegal to use asbestos in the construction or refurbishment of buildings, but the Health and Safety Executive estimates that 500,000 non-domestic buildings in the UK still contain asbestos.
You may be at risk of exposure to asbestos and/or you may be a manager with responsibilities competently to manage asbestos. If so, you should read Prospect Members' Factcard 6 [for hard copies, please make your request to SafetyReps@prospect.org.uk].
If your employer is failing to find out why an inadvertent exposure occurred, or what action it needs to take to prevent a recurrence, your H&S Rep may need to contact your Branch Chair or your Prospect Negotiator for support. Don't hesitate. If the negotiator requires specialist support, it is available from HQ and we can respond very quickly.
HSE provides an enormous suite of information, advice and interactive tools at its excellent webpages. Reps will find the interactive asbestos management tools particularly valuable as they help assess danger.
It is not possible to claim compensation for pleural plaques in England and Wales. However, in Scotland, The Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill enables victims to continue to claim compensation through the courts for pleural plaques, pleural thickening and asbestos-related conditions.
Situation in England & Wales: On 25 February 2010 the government said it would not overturn the October 2007 House of Lords ruling regarding pleural plaques compensation claims, although if new medical or other significant evidence were to emerge, it would reassess this situation.
The government has however agreed to offer an extra-statutory payment of £5,000 for people with pleural plaques who had begun compensation claim cases before the Law Lords' ruling in October 2007 which effectively said that, even though caused by exposure to asbestos, pleural plaques is not a condition that sufferers are entitled to claim compensation for.
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Asbestos sub-committee met on 14 March 2012 and discussed the following:
Prospect pursues compensation claims for asbestos-related illness every year. We sometimes need help from members' former colleagues to help prove that asbestos is involved. But many sufferers have lost touch with former colleagues by the time their condition comes to light.
So we have set up a register to record details of members' workplace exposure to asbestos. So far, more than 1250 people have volunteered this information. The register is held by our solicitors Russell Jones & Walker (RJW).
If you have worked with asbestos, please add your details to the register. The register will be used if you ever need to make a claim on your own behalf, or to help pursue claims on behalf of your colleagues or former colleagues.
RJW will search the register for witnesses who worked for the same employer or in the same workplace amnd so provide evidence in support of members' claims. This will help them succeed in claims for Prospect members or their bereaved families and can bring financial peace of mind and justice to those affected by asbestos diseases.
Download our asbestos register leaflet for more information. To register, contact email@example.com, or download the PDF version of our asbestos registration form.
If you are suffering from an asbestos-related disease and want to submit a claim for compensation, you can find more information in the 'legal services' area of our site.