According to an article recently published on Sec Ed, A Mesothelioma Bill is to be placed before Parliament which, if passed, would enable people suffering illness due to exposure to asbestos to make a compensation claim.
The Bill was outlined as part of last week’s Queen’s Speech and will establish a payment scheme for people, including teachers, who cannot trace their employer or their employer’s insurance company, where the employer was responsible for the asbestos exposure.
More than 140 teachers in the UK have died from asbestos-related diseases, including the cancer mesothelioma, in the past 10 years as well as an unknown number of cleaners, administration staff and caretakers, according to a report last year by All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Health and Safety (APPG).
Because of the long latency period of asbestos-related diseases, it is difficult to know how many children might have been affected by exposure at their school.
However, research from America has previously estimated that for every teacher that dies from asbestos-related disease, nine children will die. Furthermore, in March the Education Select Committee heard evidence that millions of school staff and pupils could have been exposed to asbestos over the decades.
It is thought there are asbestos-containing materials in 75 per cent of the UK’s schools, and the APPG report called for the government to set up a programme for the phased removal of asbestos from all schools – with priority being given to the most dangerous or damaged.
A refurbishment contractor has been fined after it exposed employees, agency staff and members of the public to asbestos.
The incident happened during a refurbishment project at offices in Sentinel House, Poole over a period of several weeks in 2009.
Bournemouth Crown Court heard that MJC Decorating and Refurbishing Ltd began removing ceilings at the two-story block without carrying out a suitable asbestos survey.
An HSE vist revealed widespread contamination and spread of asbestos both inside and outside the building.
Material removed from the site as non-hazardous may have included asbestos-containing materials.
As a result, four employees and 14 agency staff working under the control of MJC, were exposed to asbestos dust and fibres.
About the Project:
The brief was to assist a Chartered Building Surveying Practice developed a detailed scope of works for planned asbestos removal works within a prestigious multi-occupancy building located in St John’s Wood, London.
See the presentation below for more information about this project and the challenges:
Since 2010, the Deconstruct UK Limited asbestos division has established itself as a reliable and dependable asbestos removal company, delivering a high quality service in London and the South East.
We are looking for an experienced Asbestos Operations Manager to join our team in a central role to assist growth within our asbestos division over the next three years and beyond.
The successful candidate will build upon our existing client base and will ensure that the highest standards of compliance and quality are maintained at all times.
The successful candidate will possess a proven track record within the asbestos industry and should be able to demonstrate the ability to expand our client base through the addition of his or her own contacts.
The individual will have good business acumen and sound commercial knowledge as the role will involve estimating of contracts and management of our project database ensuring that all tenders are priced in a timely manner and tracked through until invoicing. They must also possess the ability and knowledge to increase sales, whilst maintaining a solid margin.
A good understanding of the regulations and governance that underpin the asbestos industry is a pre-requisite and the individual must be able to provide demonstrable evidence of planning asbestos abatement projects and be proficient in the preparation of plans of work and risk assessments.
A devoted wife and mother from Cirencester died after washing her husband’s overalls which were covered with asbestos.
Yvonne Moaby had to wash the overalls by hand because between1962-72 she had no washing machine and she had to shake the overalls first on the front porch to get rid of the white powdery dust they were covered in.
At the time, her husband, John, of Quenington, near Cirencester, was working for the Southern Electricity Generating Board in Gosditch Street where his job was to repair storage heaters and dispose of old ones. Mr Moaby had to strip out asbestos blankets from the heaters before they were taken to the tip.
His solicitor, Brigitte Chandler of Swindon law firm, Charles Lucas & Marshall, was able to prove that even though Mrs Moaby never worked directly with asbestos, her death was caused by washing her husband’s overalls and the lack of protective clothing given to him by his employers.
Ms Chandler, who has acted for hundreds of asbestos-related cancer claimants across the country, secured a £50,000 interim payment for Mrs Moaby during her lifetime and a total payment of damages of £187,500 to Mr Moaby.
Ms Chandler was one of the first lawyers to successfully bring a claim on behalf of a wife who developed mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer, through washing their husband’s work clothes. Sadly, cases like this have become more and more common.
Redhills (part of Silverdell PLC), offer a range of training courses including Basic Risk Assessment training.
Leading asbestos and environmental consultancy, Redhills are taking bookings for their Basic Risk Assessment training for 2013.
Based on the Health and Safety Executive’s ‘five steps to risk assessment’, this one day course gives you the knowledge and tools to undertake risk assessments.
Importantly, it brings home just why risk assessment is an essential part of keeping the workforce and others safe. The course is aimed at managers and supervisors in any sector, and any organisation who are required to undertake basic risk assessments.
Kieran Moon, Operations Director said:
“Redhills are pleased to offer a suite of training courses that complement our vision ‘To Protect Life’. These courses will help to deliver the key skills that will ensure personnel always work in a safe manner and have a wider awareness of the environmental conditions they are working within”.
Jim Anderson, Head of Training said:
“We are excited about our training course portfolio and look forward to working with all of our existing and new customers throughout the UK and supporting the up-skilling of themselves and their workforces through our comprehensive training courses.”
The Basic Risk Assessment training course can be delivered from any of the Redhills training centres located throughout the UK or within a customer specific location. Download the course summary here.
To make an enquiry about this course, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 01306 631820
Redhills is part of the Silverdell PLC Group of companies which works globally with organisations to help them protect people, assets and reputation.
We provide peace of mind through our unique portfolio of end-to-end Specialist Environmental Support Services. Working in highly hazardous regulated environments, Redhills delivers asbestos and environmental consulting, training and compliance monitoring to the built and natural environment.
In choosing to work with Redhills our customers have confidence that their interests are always protected.
For further information please visit www.redhills.co.uk
Further information on Silverdell Plc can be found at www.silverdell.plc.uk
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