Although it has been more than a decade since the use, importation and supply of asbestos was banned in the United Kingdom, the deadly substance's legacy continues.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, approximately 5,000 people die each year in the UK as a result of illnesses, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis, caused through exposure to asbestos in the workplace. This makes asbestos, even today, the single greatest workplace killer in the UK; in fact, the substance is responsible for around one-percent of all deaths in Scotland.
There are various occupational groups at particular risk of developing an asbestos-related illness. These include the following:
- Laggers' mates
- Shipyard workers
If you or a close family has been diagnosed with an asbestos illness that you believe was caused through exposure while working as an electrician or in another trade or profession, contact Thompsons Solicitors today for help and advice regarding the viability of an asbestos claim.
Electricians, the Historical Risk
Electricians are among the groups of tradespeople most at risk of developing an asbestos illness, particularly if they worked during the 1950s, 60s, 70s or 80s.
There are many situations where electricians might have inhaled or ingested asbestos. For example, while renovating, maintaining, repairing or installing electrical systems or while coming into contact with floor tiles, textured decorative coating, insulating board, asbestos spray coating or pipe insulation.
A Contemporary Concern
Even though the use, importation and supply of asbestos was banned in 1999, any house, flat, office or commercial building built before 2000 could potentially contain the substance.
Employers, owners, managers and other similarly responsible parties have a duty to inform electricians of the location of asbestos and to take appropriate preventative action.
When asbestos is disturbed, particles of the substance are released into the air and when inhaled or ingested may result in the contraction of illnesses such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and pleural plaques, although symptoms do not usually develop until many years after the time of exposure.
Thompsons Solicitors, Electrician Asbestos Claims
Symptoms of asbestos diseases such as mesothelioma typically take up to fifty years to develop and are highly unlikely to become apparent in the first ten years following exposure.
However, if you were born in the 1940s and worked as an electrician for more than a decade before you turned thirty, then there is a one in fifty chance that you might develop mesothelioma or a similar illness.
Thompsons has established its reputation as the nation's leading firm of personal injury solicitors by aggressively pursuing insurance companies and liable parties to ensure full settlement on the behalf of its clients.
For information about how Thompsons may be able to help you secure settlement for your losses – whether you are the person diagnosed with an asbestos illness or a close family member – contact us today by calling 0800 0891331.