Each year we mark Workers’ Memorial Day. This is an international day of commemoration, remembrance and campaigning, held on the 28th April every year.
Safe working is not a privilege
A safe working environment is a right, not a privilege. Whilst working conditions in the UK are far better than in some countries, each week we hear of UK workers being put in danger of exposure to asbestos through poor working practices.
This year’s theme
The theme of the day this year is “Dangerous substances – get them out of the workplace”. Focusing on carcinogens found at work, this is particularly relevant for asbestos.
The use of asbestos dates back at least 4,500 years but it was in the mid-19th century that the large-scale asbestos industry began. In the UK, asbestos was seen as a miracle product when it became popular in the 1950s and beyond. Due to its fire retardant qualities and versatility, it was used widely in construction.
The dangers were known
We regularly hear people say that they did not know asbestos was dangerous and whilst most workers won’t have had the knowledge, the companies did or at least, should have known and yet continued to place their employees at risk.
This is why, if you were exposed to asbestos at work and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition, you may be entitled to pursue a civil claim for asbestos disease compensation.
In fact, the first diagnosis of asbestosis was made in 1924. Turner Brothers Asbestos worker, Nellie Kershaw died after years of spinning raw asbestos fibre and the pathologist concluded that the damage to her lungs was caused by the asbestos.
Is there still a danger?
Whilst asbestos is still used in many countries today, including in the USA, Canada and Japan, its use was banned in the UK in the year 2000. However, no mass removal policy has been adopted, any building constructed before 2000 could potentially contain asbestos materials.
It is therefore imperative that before anyone completes any demolition, maintenance or remedial works, an asbestos survey is carried out and the work is planned accordingly.
The only way to prevent asbestos-related conditions, particularly mesothelioma which only requires low levels of asbestos exposure, is to stop people being exposed to asbestos.
Sunday 28th April 2019
Here at Asbestos Justice we will be marking Workers’ Memorial Day with a minute’s silence at 11am. During this time we will be thinking of our clients, past and present who have been so terribly affected by the dangers present in their asbestos filled working environments.
Find events near you
Many cities across the UK are marking Workers’ Memorial Day with memorial services, speakers and laying of wreaths. You can find details of your local events here.
If you require assistance in pursuing a claim for mesothelioma or any other asbestos disease then please contact us today on our freephone number 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over to the contact us page, complete the form and we will be in touch.