Portsoy hosts a Scottish Traditional Boat Festival every year which is all about the traditional skills of boat building and associated crafts such as knotting, weaving and so on. It is also famous for “Portsoy marble,” (which is green and actually serpentine not marble); some of it was incorporated into Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles. You can still find jewellery in Portsoy made from this stone which is still quarried.
Sepentine and asbestos
Serpentine contains asbestos and when this is released into the atmosphere when it is being excavated. It can cause health problems if inhaled over a period of time. The asbestos, copper and nickel contained in serpentine may contaminate soil, and of course, it is toxic for plants.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) “asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK.” Asbestos fibres can only be observed under a microscope, but these fibres are responsible for approximately 4,500 deaths per annum. The diseases they create are mesothelioma, which is fatal, lung cancer, asbestosis, and diffuse pleural thickening. If you work in an environment in which asbestos fibres are present, you should wear breathing apparatus and protective clothing.
If you work with asbestos, your employer should provide you with the appropriate protective gear and you should have been instructed in how to use it properly. You should also have received training in how to manage asbestos from your employer.
If you are diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim against your employer if you and your injury solicitors in Portsoy, or ones based elsewhere in the UK, can prove that his or her negligence was to blame for you illness.
Injury solicitors in Portsoy
If you live in Portsoy and have been diagnosed with any illness which you can prove another person’s negligence was responsible for, you should discuss your potential personal injury compensation claim with injury solicitors in Portsoy. If there are no suitable injury solicitors in Portsoy, call us at Accident Advice Helpline on one of our freephone numbers below and we will try to locate an appropriate one for you. You have three years in which to lodge a claim for an illness which you can prove was the result of another person’s negligence.
You also usually have three years in which to file a claim for an injury that occurred in an accident which you can prove was no fault of yours. However it is best to check just how long you have in which to claim, as there is a two year limit for some accidents and injuries.
Accident Advice Helpline
Call us at Accident Advice Helpline at any time, if you have any queries regarding a potential personal injury compensation claim. You can ring one of our freephone numbers if you need help and advice. Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Why not call now for expert legal advice?