According to the Health and Safety Executive, PPE (personal protective equipment) should be provided for all those dealing with asbestos. If you’ve been involved in an accident at work or you’ve developed a work-related illness and you believe that somebody else, such as a manager or supervisor, has displayed negligence, you could have a claim for work accident compensation.
PPE and asbestos removal
Asbestos removal should only be carried out by people who have the relevant training and experience and PPE should be provided as standard in line with health and safety regulations. Examples of PPE that should be utilised by those who remove asbestos include:
- respiratory protective equipment, including masks
- sturdy boots
Overalls, disposable gloves and masks should never be taken home following a shift; they should be disposed of according to safety guidelines, which should be enforced by all company directors.
What should I do if I’ve been asked to remove asbestos without PPE?
It is not safe to work with or remove asbestos without the relevant PPE and nobody should be put in a situation where they put their health at risk in order to do their day-to-day job. If you feel your shift supervisor or a colleague are displaying negligence and endangering the health and safety of workers, report the incident to the highest authority at the firm and ask colleagues to write down statements outlining the situation. If you are unhappy with the response from your employer, contact the Health and Safety Executive for further information and advice.
Claiming compensation for a work accident
If you wish to make a work accident claim, gather as much information as possible to support your case; note down details of your working conditions and record incidents, such as an employer asking you to work without the appropriate PPE, ask colleagues to provide supporting statements and take photographs. If you start to feel unwell, seek medical assistance; your medical records can be used as a means of demonstrating how your job has impacted your health.
If you have sustained a work-related injury or you have become ill as a result of a work accident or poor working conditions, contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, to talk through your work injury claim with a professional personal injury lawyer. Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in handling work illness claims and offers a simple and stress-free claims process.