Although new use of Asbestos was officially banned in the UK in 1999, the long-term effects of Asbestos exposure are still being felt to this day, with many people still unfortunately suffering the after-effects of having been exposed to Asbestos in decades gone by.
Here at Hodge Jones & Allen, we are committed to helping those affected by Mesothelioma from Asbestos exposure. Our specialist team of Solicitors are on hand to offer legal advice and help you seek the compensation you deserve if you have been exposed to Asbestos in your line of work.
But there are others like us who are dedicated to raising awareness around Asbestos and Mesothelioma. Below are some of the key campaigns you can get involved with in the UK to help raise awareness of Asbestos and support those who have been affected by exposure to it.
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Listen to Isobel Lovett talking about her fight for people who develop Mesothelioma due to Asbestos exposure.
Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe
Every week in the UK, 20 tradespeople die from diseases caused by exposure to Asbestos fibres. This initial exposure could have occurred as long ago as the 1950s, all the way through to the mid-1980s, when strict safety guidelines on the use and removal of Asbestos were introduced.
Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe is a campaign run by the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA), which looks to raise awareness around the long-term risks.
Damage caused to the lungs by Asbestos inhalation can lay dormant for up to 50 years, and a huge number of late-stage cases are about to be diagnosed, says UKATA.
UKATA members offer free Asbestos training for small companies and individual tradespeople who may not know about the dangers of Asbestos. The campaign highlights the need for essential training for those who may encounter the substance.
More information on the Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe campaign and how you can book a training session can be found on UKATA’s website.
Petition for legal reform for Women Asbestos Disease Sufferers
Support our campaign to bring about a review of the current laws in their treatment of female sufferers of Asbestos disease.
Lorna Webster, Partner and Asbestos specialist has joined up with her client Rae Wall to send out a warning that the law will not always protect women and it needs changing. It doesn’t always protect those women who have had secondary exposure from Asbestos due to washing their husband’s work clothes.
Rae’s mother died from second hand exposure. Iris Craddock was diagnosed with Mesothelioma and advised that treatments including chemotherapy would not be possible. She passed away eight months after diagnosis.
Within current law the ‘1965 rule’ means that any claim for compensation cannot proceed where a woman was only washing work clothes, prior to 1965. For further information, click the link here.
Secondary victims of Asbestos exposure are often forgotten and this is a shocking issue that needs more public attention and urgent change. Please sign our petition to help create a scheme for secondary Asbestos victims.
Cape Must Pay!
Documents obtained by the Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum UK show that Cape, formerly a leading asbestos manufacturer, hid the true dangers of its deadly products in the 1960s and 1970s. Many died as a result. Cape fought (and lost) a legal battle to keep these documents from the public. The Forum is calling on Cape, now owned by Altrad, to donate at least £10 million to research into mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by asbestos. A group of MPs and Lords, through the All Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health, has written to Altrad to urge them to finally do the right thing.
Save the jobs at Phoenix House!
Phoenix House is a specialist site in Barrow-in- Furness, which processes claims for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit and compensation for asbestos-related cancer and pneumoconiosis. Many people who use the service are terminally ill.
The staff at Phoenix House, are hugely knowledgeable about the types of illnesses their customers have, and how the compensation schemes they apply for work. This expertise does not exist anywhere else in the DWP.
The DWP has announced that this office will close, and that claims will now be processed by (already over-worked and under-trained) staff in an office in Barnsley, leaving the staff in Barrow faced with redundancy.
As work has gradually shifted from from Barrow to Barnsley in recent months, we are already seeing a huge increase in error and delay in the processing of claims. In many cases asbestos victims are dying without the money to pay for care, heating or travel to hospital.
It doesn’t have to this way. With enough will, an alternative to redundancy could be found, and this fantastic service for asbestos victims could be preserved.
Please contact your local MP about this issue, Please sign this petition