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Common asbestos myths busted

Common asbestos myths busted Once called a miracle material for its heat and fire resistance, asbestos was commonly used from the 19th century up until the year 1999 in residential, commercial and public buildings.  However, once it was found to cause cancer and other illnesses, the use of asbestos declined until eventually it was banned.  Although it is now common knowledge that the substance is toxic, there are still many myths that abound.  In this blog, we sort out fact…

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Asbestos News Roundup – May 2018

Sadly, it seems that, although asbestos was banned in all forms almost twenty years ago, we are still seeing it cause damage all over the UK, with thousands of deaths from asbestos exposure still occurring every year. We have compiled some of the stories of people whose lives are still being affected, and ended prematurely, by this deadly substance, from May 2018. The family of a Scottish labourer, who died of an asbestos-related cancer at the age of just 66,…

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Asbestos News Roundup – April 2018

Asbestos is a substance that was used in lots of industries, including construction, for many years, until it was discovered that inhaling asbestos fibres causes cancer and many other health conditions. Most victims show no symptoms until their health deteriorates quickly, usually decades after exposure. Asbestos is now banned in the UK, but many existing buildings that were constructed before the late 1990s contain asbestos in some form. Around 5,000 people in the UK die of asbestos-related conditions every year,…

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6 common symptoms of asbestos-related conditions

Those who have worked in industries with a high risk of asbestos exposure during the 20th century, such as construction, joinery, ship building, railways or aeroplane manufacture, have a higher chance of having been exposed to this toxic substance during their working life. One of the most distressing things about asbestos-related illnesses is that victims often only show symptoms decades after the exposure that caused their condition actually occurred.  This delayed onset of recognisable symptoms may also mean that diagnosis comes…

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Claiming for asbestos-related diseases after death in the UK

Asbestos Claims after Death Asbestos-related diseases are not always easily diagnosed. Symptoms can sometimes take between 20 and 40 years to appear, although it can be as short as 10 years and as long as 60 years or more, and often the patient has long since forgotten about their asbestos exposure many years earlier. Due to the speed at which asbestos-related conditions can progress, a diagnosis may not become available until the sufferer has died and a post-mortem has been…

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What is asbestos and why does it make you ill?

Asbestos is the name given to a group of minerals made of tiny fibres which were frequently used in building materials up until 1999.  The use of asbestos was widespread in houses, factories, schools, hospitals, offices and warehouses.  Before it became known how dangerous these fibres are, asbestos was widely used because of its excellent resistance to heat and fire, making it a great insulation material for buildings, pipes and electrics.  There are several different types of asbestos which were…

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Asbestos News Roundup – February 2018

On average, around seven deaths from mesothelioma (an aggressive asbestos-related cancer) occur every single day in the UK. The sad fact is that most of those deaths could have been avoided if employers had taken precautions to protect their workers from exposure to asbestos.  To raise awareness of the issues surrounding asbestos exposure, the diseases it causes and the ways in which victims, and their families, can gain access to support and advice, we have brought together some of the…

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Asbestos News Roundup – January 2018

Around 5,000 people in the UK die of asbestos-related illnesses each year. To raise awareness of the issues around asbestos exposure, the nature of asbestos-related diseases and the ways in which victims and their loved ones can gain access to support, we have compiled some of the ways in which asbestos has made the news during January 2018. Two construction firms in Derby were fined in January 2018 after admitting to Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court that they breached the Health and…

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How to manage suspected asbestos materials

Although asbestos was finally banned from use in construction in the UK in 1999, it can still be found in a huge number of existing buildings across the country that were built or refurbished before the ban came into force. As asbestos was so widely used before its serious health dangers were known, it can now be found in a wide range of building types, including sheds, garages, homes, schools, hospitals, warehouses, offices and factories. If asbestos is suspected to…

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Asbestos News Roundup – December 2017

With thousands of asbestos-related deaths every year in the UK, we want to raise awareness of the ways in which victims and their families can access support, and also ways in which organisations are tackling the problem of asbestos to minimise the risks of exposure. We have compiled just some of the many ways that asbestos has made the news in the UK, so far, in December 2017. Most schools across the country have been decorating their classrooms for Christmas…

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