Campaign raises asbestos awareness

A new campaign aims to raise awareness among builders and tradespeople about the dangers of asbestos.

The safety campaign has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) amid news that 20 people die from asbestos-related illness every week.

And the results of a recent survey show that less than a third of tradespeople are familiar with practices for working safely with asbestos.

Compensation claims

Just 15% are aware that the deadly dust may still be present in buildings built up to the year 2000. And less than a fifth realise that asbestos is sometimes hidden in toilet seats and cisterns.

Mesothelioma, a form of cancer of which asbestos is the only known cause, usually takes around 20 to 50 years to develop. The number of people affected by the disease remains on the increase and is expected to peak next year.

Accident Advice Helpline can help with compensation claims for illnesses or diseases resulting from asbestos exposure in the workplace.

Risks

Asbestos is banned in the construction industry but exposure to the material is still a serious risk to tradespeople.

Health and safety minister Mark Harper says too many people are dying every year from asbestos-related diseases, but says this campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the number of things people can do to protect themselves.

The HSE’s chief inspector for construction, Philip White, says the results of the survey show that a worrying amount of people could be putting themselves at risk because they are not aware of the correct procedures to take when dealing with asbestos.

He says the HSE’s campaign is targeted towards these tradespeople, informing them of how to deal with the substance safely.

Training is essential

A new web app has been launched as part of the campaign aimed at helping workers to identify if they are likely to be in danger and offering them clear and simple advice on how to do their job without putting themselves in harm’s way.

Steve Murphy, general secretary of construction union Ucatt, says proper training around the handling of asbestos is essential for all construction workers.

He says employers need to ensure training takes place and and employees are not singled out and bullied for raising concerns about asbestos.

Source: Health and Safety Executive 

  • Was this Helpful ?
  • Yes   No

How much you could claim?

Two QUICK ways to find:
  1. Call us at 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile OR
  2. Use our Claim Calculator

Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.
Claim Calculator
Find out in 30 seconds how much YOU could claim...
  • Please tell us where you were injured
  • Please enter your full name
  • Please enter a valid name
  • Please enter your telephone number
  • Please enter a valid telephone number
  • Terms and Conditions*Required

Can I Claim?

Esther says "The law states that if you’ve been injured and someone else is to blame, you are entitled to compensation." Read more >

Claim Calculator ► Accident Types ►

How Much Could I Claim?

It only takes 30 seconds to find out how much compensation you could receive. Take the 30 second test now.>

30 Second test ► Claim Form ►

Why Choose Us?

"When they say they are 100% no-win, no-fee*, they mean it. I would recommend Accident Advice Helpline to anybody." Read more >

No-Win, No-Fee*? ► Testimonials ►

Claim Now

"They were ever so professional ... they knew exactly what I was going through ... I received over £4500." Read more >

Claim Form ► Call Me Back ►
Is there anything wrong with this page? ( Help us Improve )