New Asbestos Awareness Initiative

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Report prompts government’s new asbestos awareness initiative

A new survey conducted by Censuswide for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has further affirmed the importance of asbestos surveying by shedding light on the often misunderstood dangers and prevalence of asbestos exposure, prompting a new safety campaign geared towards fighting the danger and increasing employee awareness.

The initiative was launched by Health and Safety Minister Mark Harper, who has stated: “The number dying every year from asbestos related-diseases is unacceptably high. Despite being banned in the construction industry, asbestos exposure remains a very serious risk to tradespeople. This safety campaign is about highlighting the risks and easy measures people can take to protect themselves.”

The survey uncovered the fact that tradespeople working in fields such as interior decoration, construction, carpentry and many more were being exposed to asbestos more than one hundred times a year, and that their awareness of its prevalence and dangers was shockingly rudimentary.

Disclosing the pervasiveness of such myths as the idea that opening windows and drinking a glass of water would offer such tradespeople substantial protection, the research reported that less than one third of individuals polled could identify the correct safety measures for working around asbestos.

More than half were reported to make potentially fatal mistakes while believing themselves to be acting correctly. It was ultimately concluded that a shocking average of 20 tradespeople succumb to asbestos related diseases every week. The number of people suffering from asbestos-related disabilities is sure to be just as concerning.

The asbestos surveying services provided by Trident Surveying exist to minimise the personal, financial, and legal risks for you and your employees. Asbestos can be found in a host of household areas, and fibres can be easily disturbed by basic work. Once breathed in, these fibres can have lethal results, causing diseases like lung disease and mesothelioma – an aggressive cancer of the chest cavity, outer lung, and abdominal insides.

Asbestos exposure profoundly threatens the health of you and your employees. With increased governmental input aiming to improve public awareness, the legal costs of failing to protect employees is set to grow and grow, meaning that both your firm’s financial and physical wellbeing could be at risk. Contact Trident Surveying to organise your asbestos surveying today, in order to protect yourself for tomorrow.

 

 

 

Damages ruling means continuing status quo for asbestos claims

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Asbestos surveying companies like Trident Surveying have always played an important role in fulfilling their clients’ moral, financial and legal obligations with regard to any asbestos fibres that may be present in their premises and therefore pose a risk to their employees and the wider public. For such client companies, a recent High Court ruling is a significant confirmation of the legal status quo with regard to damages arising from asbestos claims.

With exposure to asbestos a frequent cause of the aggressive cancer mesothelioma, many of those diagnosed take legal action against their past employers or the employer’s insurance company. However, the legal situation surrounding asbestos claims looked set to change after the 2013 passage into law of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO), which shifted the responsibility for legal costs from the losing party to the claimant.

 

Although people with mesothelioma were exempt from the new rules until the completion of a full review of the implications on this claimant group, the Government has since said that this review took place at the end of last year, and that mesothelioma sufferers would now be subject to the same rules. However, the review was slammed as “a bag of a fag packet review” by the Asbestos Support Victims’ Support Groups Forum UK, which took legal action against the Government.

The honourable Mr Justice William Davis sided with the asbestos victims in their challenge to Justice Secretary Justice Grayling’s proposal to allow the use of 25% of the damages awarded to mesothelioma sufferers for the payment of legal insurance premiums and costs. Ruling these attempts to deduct costs from damages as unlawful, the judge commented: “The issue is whether the Lord Chancellor conducted a proper review of the likely effect of the LASPO reforms on mesothelioma claims… I conclude that he did not.”

Doug Jewell, from the Asbestos Support Victims’ Support Groups Forum UK, said to the BBC News website: “We are very happy indeed. This lifts the burden of fear from thousands of mesothelioma sufferers. People ask about legal action because they want to look after their families after they’ve died, but they’re scared by the legal fees.

“Now they’re told they’re safe, it won’t cost you anything, and they can take action and provide for their families.”

The Ministry of Justice, meanwhile, expressed disappointment with the ruling, commenting: “Mesothelioma is an awful condition which can destroy lives in a frighteningly short amount of time, and we want to help sufferers and their families. We are committed to finding the best way to get claims settled fairly and quickly.

“It remains our view that the Ministry of Justice review of this issue was conducted fully and openly and we are disappointed with this judgment. We will now consider our next steps.”

As one of the leading asbestos surveying companies, Trident Surveying will keep you and your organisation up to date on the latest legal situation concerning asbestos claims.

 

 

 

 

 

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