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.
For more information on these services, please don’t hesitate to contact us.