The provisions in the Bill which was published on June 24, will mean that people negligently exposed to asbestos who are diagnosed with pleural plaques will continue to be able to raise an action for damages.Community Safety Minister Fergus Ewing said:
Mesothelioma is a fatal illness caused by asbestos. Around 2000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with mesothelioma this year and tens of thousands more will die during the next ten to fifteen years. People who worked in the manufacturing industry, engineering and construction, where employers routinely failed to protect them from exposure to asbestos, are among those most at risk.
In a breakthrough decision for asbestos victims, the High Court in Liverpool has awarded damages to the family of a man who died from lung cancer on the grounds that he had been sufficiently exposed to asbestos in the course of his working life for asbestos to have contributed to his death.
The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 came intoforce on 6 April 2008.Its sponsors hope the Act's tough new penalties will lead to a greater focus on health and safety, and reduce workplace accidents and deaths. But critics say it would have been more effective if it had included powers to send company directors to jail.
And he told the audience at the International Workers' Memorial Day rally in George Square in Glasgow on Monday April 28 that reviews of the Scottish legal system currently underway show little signs of addressing the problem on behalf of the victims or their families.Mr Maguire said: "The statistics on Health and Safety are there for all to see and they make very disturbing reading.
Mr Dolan said: "I have been fighting for an inquiry into cases of Hepatitis C and HIV since concerns were first raised more than 20 years ago."It is a really chilling fact that even since we started lobbying the Scottish Parliament in 1999, many of those who fought alongside me have died, or are seriously ill through Hepatitis C or HIV.
The conference on 'Corporate Homicide and Director Responsibility' has been organised by the Centre for Corporate Accountability, the organisation promoting worker and public safety. It will be held in Glasgow's Trades House on Friday May 16.Frank Maguire, Senior Partner of Thompsons Solicitors, who will chair one of the sessions said: "We have campaigned for years alongside our colleagues in the trade unions and labour movement for the introduction of a law on corporate homicide.
For over half a century Inverclyde owed much of its prosperity to the shipbuilding industry which was the area's major employer.But the prosperity came at a terrible price, the deadly legacy of asbestos exposure. Shipyard workers were regularly covered in asbestos dust which once in the lungs can often cause fatal cancers like mesothelioma.
There are many instances involving accidents where it might be said from a common sense viewpoint that the accident was all the fault of one party but in fact, in law, the position is something entirely different.Through our membership of the European Community, which holds Health & Safety in very high esteem, we have very strict laws to ensure that workplaces are safe.