A Freedom of Information Request has revealed that over 90% of Lancashire schools contain asbestos, leading to lives put at risk by the deadly fibre. Up to 41 schools in the Burnley and Padiham area are classed as ‘at risk,’ compared with 38 in Pendle and 22 in the Ribble Valley.
Lives put at risk by asbestos include those of teachers, children and school workers, who could be exposed to asbestos fibres unknowingly on a daily basis. Inhalation of asbestos could lead to the development of respiratory illnesses and the risk of mesothelioma. Teaching unions have called urgently for action to be taken after the figures were revealed.
Used widely in building work in the 1960s and 1970s, asbestos was found to pose a risk to health and was eventually banned from use in the UK in 1999. The data revealed by the Freedom of Information Request showed that at least 570 schools out of 617 in the county could contain asbestos.
County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson commented, “As in all other councils around the country, most of Lancashire’s older schools contain some asbestos. Where it occurs, it is inspected regularly and does not represent any threat to staff, children or young people. As long as it is in good condition, well-sealed and not disturbed then it is far safer to leave it well alone.”
Have you come into contact with asbestos?
After inhaling asbestos fibres, exposure could lead to the development of mesothelioma, asbestosis, asbestos lung cancer or pleural thickening. These conditions can be life-threatening and it usually takes at least 20 years after exposure for symptoms to become apparent. This means that even if you are exposed to asbestos now, you may not show symptoms for some time. Those exposed to asbestos 20 or 30 years ago may be showing signs of illness and could make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Claiming for asbestos-related illness
If you believe that asbestos exposure is responsible for your illness, contact us here at Accident Advice Helpline. We have been helping customers to claim compensation for illnesses caused by asbestos since 2000, so we could help you to get the compensation you deserve. In fact, you could find out right now how much compensation you could be entitled to by taking the 30-second test on our website, or call us on 0800 689 0500 to find out how we can help you. Don’t delay – call today; we’re waiting to hear from you.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown