Glossary: AsbestosWatch or Download Legal Guides From Mercury Legal
Asbestos was used in product manufacturing and in building construction and can be mainly found in houses, offices and public buildings (such as schools, hospitals and clinics), built before 2000. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), asbestos exposure is linked to around 5,000 deaths every year.
Asbestos is often difficult to identify as it is used in a variety of forms and mixed with other materials. Asbestos was typically used in:
- Cement products including pips, roofs and flues
- Water tanks and toilet cisterns
- Insulating boards and in wall cavities
- Ceiling tiles and textured coatings (aslo known as Artex)
- Textiles and some composite materials
It may take many years for a worker to show any symptoms of the exposure to asbestos. Workers are often unaware they’ve been exposed because asbestos has no smell and its fibres are so small that they are difficult to see.
An engineering company from the North East has been fined £150,000 after two of its workers were severely burned when they were sprayed with dangerous chemicals whilst cleaning a pipe-work system. Newcastle Crown Court heard how the two workers were seriously injured...
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