Scottish town one of many showing their respects to asbestos victims this International Workers’ Memorial Day

International Workers Memorial Day

 

If anything is going to bring home the message about asbestos safety and how important asbestos removal is, it’ll surely be International Workers’ Memorial Day, which takes place on 28th April every year.  

 International Workers’ Memorial Day began in Canada, before being officially recognised in the UK in 2010. It commemorates the people who have been made ill, injured or killed while working – including those who are suffering from or have succumbed to asbestos-related diseases.

One of the many towns and cities taking part in this day of remembrance is Clydebank. Situated in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, the town is now experiencing the negative after-effects of a rich shipbuilding and manufacturing heritage.

Many of the families in the town have suffered losses due to asbestos-related diseases – such as the always-fatal mesothelioma – which led to the formation of the Clydebank Asbestos Group.

The group has been around for over two decades now, and has been offering various forms of advice, resources and support to anyone in the area affected by asbestos in the workplace. The chairman of the group is set to speak at an event on Saturday 23rd April.

Family, friends and colleagues of those who have suffered due to exposure to asbestos in the workplace will gather at the town’s memorial plinth.

Several speakers will appear at the event, every one expected to deliver hard-hitting speeches on the importance of safety in the workplace. One of the speakers is the secretary for Clydebank Asbestos Group, Hope Robertson, who lost her husband to mesothelioma at the age of 59.

She stated: “We won’t be able to say ‘it’s over’ in my lifetime or my daughter’s lifetime, but perhaps it might finally happen in my grandchildren’s lifetime.”

The more that we can do to help make this a reality, the better. Trident Asbestos Solutions offers a wide range of services – including asbestos management surveys, air monitoring, and asbestos awareness training – with the intent of raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos and reducing the harm caused by it.

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Harlow man’s family seek answers after his asbestos-related death

sheet metal worker

 

In an all too familiar story that further highlights the needs for services such as the management and safe removal of asbestos, the family of a former sheet metal worker are appealing to his former colleagues for information after he unfortunately succumbed to mesothelioma last year.

John Bright was only 68 years old when he died in November – just 15 months after receiving his initial diagnosis.

 What is mesothelioma?

 Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the lining of the body’s major organs, mainly the lungs and stomach.

What makes mesothelioma so deadly is the way it can lay undetected for years and even decades, meaning that by the time a diagnosis is received, the cancer is already in an advanced and practically untreatable stage. Only 50% of sufferers survive a year after diagnosis, dropping to a survival rate of 10% after five years.

Mesothelioma is nearly always caused by one thing – the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibres.

John earned a living fitting air conditioning and air vent ducting for over 30 years, which is where he believed he came into contact with the deadly building material.

John’s widower, Joyce, stated: “He remembered feeding ducting through holes he had cut in corrugated factory roofing which he believed was manufactured with asbestos, he also recalled working on old buildings with asbestos cladding. The nature of his work meant there was also a lot of dust around him.”

A search for answers

 The family worked closely with lawyers at Irwin Mitchell even before John’s death to investigate how his illness developed, and to see whether anything else could have been done to protect him from asbestos exposure at his job, urging anyone with any information to come forward.

“We miss him every day and while nothing will bring him back, we just want to know whether more should have been done to protect him from the risks of asbestos exposure and gain justice on his behalf.”

With so many cases of mesothelioma coming to light in recent years, organisations and individuals alike need to do as much as possible to prevent even more people from suffering from the debilitating and devastating disease – which means ridding the world of as much asbestos as possible.

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