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    Compensation for working with asbestos

    Compensation for working with asbestos

    Working with asbestos, a fibrous material which can be hazardous to health if inhaled, doesn’t have to be dangerous, provided proper safety precautions are taken. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provide guidelines which must be followed when working in a building where asbestos is present.

    When working with asbestos, protective equipment such as a face mask must always be worn. Waste must be double-bagged and properly disposed of, and all workers should receive adequate training before work commences. Power tools should not be used on sites containing asbestos, as these have the potential to create a lot of dust. Overalls worn by workers shouldn’t be taken home, as they can be covered with tiny asbestos fibres which could be inhaled, and it is important that workers do not eat or drink in the work area.

    Your employer has a duty to prepare a plan of work, provide you with protective equipment and train you in using it. If this doesn’t happen and you’ve become ill after working with asbestos, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation. You’ll need to contact a personal injury lawyer to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim.

    Asbestos and your health

    It wasn’t until 1999 that asbestos was banned in the UK, but many buildings still contain asbestos. If you inhale it whilst working, you could suffer from serious or even fatal lung disease. Here are a few examples of the types of conditions which could affect you after inhaling even tiny amounts of asbestos:

    • Mesothelioma, a type of cancer;
    • Asbestosis;
    • Asbestos lung cancer; and
    • Pleural thickening.

    These conditions could be life-threatening, seriously impacting your quality of life and your lifespan. If you have been affected, why should you have to suffer in silence?

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    Claiming compensation for asbestos exposure

    You’re not alone – hundreds of people have successfully claimed compensation for asbestos exposure in the workplace, and we can help you to get the compensation you deserve. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, our priority is the customer – you. We’re here to offer confidential advice, and if you decide that claiming isn’t the right next step for you then we understand; there’s no obligation. If you do decide to claim though, our 100% no win no fee* service ensures you won’t have to pay a penny upfront in legal fees. So, why not call us today on 0800 689 0500 to find out how much compensation you could receive?

    Date Published: May 11, 2015

    Author: David Brown

    Category: Asbestos claims

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