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Asbestos News

A man has been awarded a large compensation payout after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. He had contracted the disease during his employment with an engineering firm.

Mr Peterson had begun working with the company by doing an apprenticeship as a “test room boy”. One of his main jobs was to lag engine cylinders with asbestos. In order to do this he first had to mix the asbestos with other compounds and then with water. He had to work long hours and also worked alongside others who were using asbestos.

A decision of the Court of Appeal in England has plunged the position of both claimants and insurers into confusion over the question of which insurer should pay up in disease casesAsbestos victims will be most affected by the judgement which focuses on the wording of specific insurance policies in determining when a injury is 'sustained'.

The Edinburgh based Health and Safety Executive has launched a campaign aimed at educating tradesmen about the continuing dangers of asbestos exposure. Deaths from mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer, are on the rise in Scotland and this in turn is leading to many compensation claims being made.

A mesothelioma sufferer received the payment after making a compensation claim against his former employer. He had worked for a steel company which took apart locomotives in order to sell the steel. For a two year period from 1966 and 1968 he had dismantled locomotives which contained asbestos insulation. He regularly removed this insulation by hand without any form of protective equipment.

A laboratory worker had made a compensation claim after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. However, he tragically died before his case was heard.

During his working life, he was exposed to asbestos dust. This was due to the fact that the processing area in the laboratory was constantly being developed and expanded. His job required him to move around this area on a daily basis.

A study competed by Dr Lesley Rushton has revealed that work-related cancer kills more people every tear than road accidents.  The study estimates that over 8,000 are killed each year in comparison with 3,000 who are killed in road traffic accidents.

It has been announced that the government is to propose a £70m package to trade unions later this week, which is designed to assist asbestos victims. The package is said to include the funding of research centres focused on asbestos linked diseases, additional compensation for mesothelioma sufferers and the proposal that if a terminally ill victim is not able to rely on their employers insurers to compensate them then they will be able to rely on a insurers fund package.

Four companies, Axa, Aviva, RSA and Zurich are to appeal Lord Emslie’s decision not to overturn the Scottish Parliament Bill entitling workers to compensation from the pleural plaques where asbestos fibres leave scarring on the lungs.

Solicitor Advocate Frank Maguire Senior Partner of Thompsons Solicitors  said “Victims of pleural plaques live with the relentless worry that they will go on to develop fatal asbestos related cancers like mesothelioma as many of them do.

The City of Edinburgh Council has been fined £14,000 after exposing 10 of its employees to asbestos dust while cutting a hole through a door that had been removed from Castlebrae Community High School.

At the time of the door being cut there were 10 members of staff in the workshop, including 3 members of staff who were very close.

Workers across Scotland have been targeted by a new national media campaign warning them of the hidden killer - asbestos.  The Health and Safety Executive have launched a new web campaign https://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/hiddenkiller/index.htm advising of the dangers.   The campaign will also feature in local and national newspapers.

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