“A timebomb that is waiting to go off”

asbestos managementTeachers’ unions call upon government to remove asbestos from Norfolk schools

A campaign has been launched by teaching unions to encourage the government to fund the removal of asbestos in Norfolk schools, due to the high number of schools listed on the council’s asbestos registry.

There are currently 392 schools listed by Norfolk County Council as containing asbestos on their premises – 120 of which are academies. Schools built before the final banning of all forms of asbestos in 1999 could potentially have asbestos within their walls, and therefore pose the well-documented risks of this “silent killer”, including of causing
conditions like mesothelioma.

“A timebomb that is waiting to go off”

While the council has referred to the Health and Safety Executive’s advice that asbestos does not pose a health risk “when it is intact and in good condition”, the Norfolk branch and district secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, Bob Groome, has described the situation as “a timebomb that is waiting to go off.

“Schools just don’t have the money to pay for it, and with the cuts being made to county councils they don’t have the money to pay for it. The government should pay, because if they can afford for it to be removed from Parliament and other government buildings, we feel it should be removed from schools, too. Why should we put our future generation at risk?”

Groome encouraged parents to get in touch with their MPs to put pressure on the government to eradicate asbestos from these schools, and suggested that they should also request to see their school’s asbestos register if they were concerned about the presence of the lethal substance.

The campaign has also attracted the backing of other local union branches, including the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT.

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With the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Health and Safety having said last year that much of the asbestos in schools was “in locations that are vulnerable to damage by the children”, it is understandable that you may be anxious to ensure that it is not present in your own educational institution.

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Justice sought for asbestos-affected couple

Scottish family left grief-stricken after mother’s asbestos-related death

Here at Trident Asbestos Solutions, we are sadly no strangers to stories of families left devastated by the harmful consequences of asbestos exposure. Despite this, every such story inspires us to continue striving to provide the very best services – not least surveying and the ultimate removal of asbestos – that could help to prevent future tragedies.

In this instance, a man from Scotland has launched legal action after his mother died from an asbestos-related cancer.

Justice sought for asbestos-affected couple  

Alexander Cuthbert lost his 72-year old mother Martha to mesothelioma in May this year, just under a decade after his father Joseph also died from asbestos-related causes. Alexander believes his father’s death was caused by direct exposure to asbestos fibres while working as a labourer at Colvilles Steel Mill, but the circumstances of his mother’s contact with the deadly substance weren’t evident at first.

It was eventually established that her exposure may have arisen from washing Joseph’s dusty work clothes, which is yet more evidence of how easily one can come into contact with asbestos even outside places of industry.

While Alexander’s father died from multiple myeloma – a type of cancer that affects bone marrow and can appear at multiple points in the body at a time – Martha died from mesothelioma, a cancer that is directly linked to asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma has an very low survival rate after diagnosis, in part due to its frequent ability to evade detection for decades.

A search for information

Alexander is now appealing for information about his father’s working conditions, which he believes to be the source of his father’s exposure.

He stated: “We were just getting over the death of my father when my mother was diagnosed with mesothelioma. I’m still struggling to come to terms with the loss of my mother and need to do something to see that justice will be done, in both their names.

“I hope any former employees of Colvilles reading this will come forward if they have any information about their working conditions. It may just be enough to help us achieve justice and hold accountable those who failed to protect my parents.”

To learn more about the removal of asbestos and the related services that our experts can provide here at Trident Asbestos Solutions, as well as to receive a competitive quote, please get in touch with our highly professional and responsive customer service team.

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