Asbestos Concerns for Health & Safety
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4 Asbestos stories making the news
News Story #1
A man who used to work in a factory has encouraged others to have check-ups in the wake of turning into the third individual from his family to be diagnosed with an asbestos related cancer.
The 68 year old Dave Libby was informed he was going to die by the conclusion of last month as a result of the condition he had – Mesothelioma.
Mr Libby worked in the job with his dad Harry and brother by marriage Bryan Thomas at Cape PLC in Tolpits Lane.
They both passed away from asbestos related conditions.
The Watford FC fan said: “I went to work with my father at Universal (as it was known then) immediately after school. I was taught how to mould wet into gas vent terminals for boilers.
“Not much gear was provided for us – only a plastic apron which we only used when handling the asbestos.
“I wish I never worked there, but I can’t go back in time.
“I don’t want people to experience what I’m experiencing right now. Also, those who have worked there before should please go for a check-up.
“I went for a check-up because my brother-in-law asked me to go for it and that is why mine was detected at an early stage, which has helped me live a little longer.”
Compensation has been offered to Mr Libby for his 11 years of service to the company.
News Story #2
Several structures being used across Shropshire have asbestos, new statistics published by committees uncovered today. Daycare centres, fire stations, libraries and schools are all included in the building types in Shropshire.
In spite of the fact that the substance is not regarded hazardous, if irritated, its fibres can lead to prolonged lung complications such as pleural thickening, asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
By and large, there are 391 sites in Shropshire that contain asbestos, out of which about 175 are schools, 10 fire stations, 13 libraries, and around 10 leisure centres including swimming pools.
Telford & Wrekin Council has a sum of 62 structures containing the substance. Oakengates Theatre in Telford, traveller sites and Prees gipsy close to Shrewsbury Crown Court and Market Drayton are part of the structures that contain asbestos. No council has had the need to close any of the locations and there is no record of any former or current employee that has experienced any asbestos-related health complication.
Managing the issue, Telford & Wrekin Council has spent an aggregate of £280,000 since 2011, while Shropshire Council has paid £174,423 since 2013.
The councils say the fund was utilised to take care of examining, upgrading records, evacuating, encasing or characterising recognised asbestos as a consequence of yearly investigations or arranged building renovations.
News Story #3
The Vale of Glamorgan and Torfaen have been particularly hard hit with mortality rates for asbestos-related diseases higher than the UK average. These figures highlight the devastating impact that asbestos has had on so many lives in Wales.
The population of individuals in Wales dying as a result of asbestos-related problems is growing, as indicated by new statistics published by the National Statistics Office.
From 95 in 2010, 116 deaths from mesothelioma were recorded for just last year.
The Vale of Glamorgan and Torfaen have experienced the highest death tolls. This statistics shows the staggering effect of asbestos on several people in Wales.
It is foreseen that the population of individuals who died as a result of this cruel disease will keep on growing for 5 years to come with mesothelioma casualties expected to hit its peak by 2020.
It is probable that a growth has happened in regions in South Wales which possesses a powerful industrial legacy.
Asbestos was broadly utilised as a part of the force stations, steel works and chemical plants all over South Wales and it is being noticed that a considerable number of those who worked in these factories unfortunately are being diagnosed with mesothelioma and different complications related to asbestos.
News Story #4
One of the nation’s biggest trade unions has urged Barking and Dagenham Council to put in efforts to combat asbestos in schools. Yesterday, the Barking and Dagenham Post stated that out of the 61 schools in the area, 31 have been recorded to contain fibres – some of which are nursery schools and primary schools.
A clarification for proposed activities has been demanded by the GMB union and the safe level of asbestos exposure is yet to be determined.
While acknowledging the fact that the committee is examining the level of fibres in the schools, GMB’s national safety and health officer, John McClean has confirmed the union’s worries about the nature of these checks.
“Since this data is at last out in the open and governors, staff, teachers, and parents are well aware of the schools that have asbestos, we would very much like to know the council’s arrangements to eradicate this problem in the long run. ” he stated. A representative of the council stated yesterday the kind of asbestos and its precise place, and incorporated a danger appraisal and a definite management action plan.
He included: “Barking and Dagenham prioritises the welfare and security of its youngsters and youths and this is notice in the manner in which dangers are overseen particularly in connection to the presence of asbestos in every one of our structures.
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