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I joined Irwin Mitchell as a solicitor in 2005 and became a Partner in 2011. I began my career at Irwin Mitchell specialising exclusively in mesothelioma and other asbestos related disease claims, before developing an expertise in the field of other industrial diseases, including occupational asthma, upper limb disorders, hand arm vibration syndrome and work related cancers.
I regularly lecture on behalf of the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Birmingham University and I have been a Trustee of the West Midlands Hazards Trust since 2006.
Health and safety regulations are in place for very good reasons and clearly companies need to take their responsibilities for the safety of staff seriously.
“This means providing clear working guidelines, monitoring the health of employees and adhering to recommendations made by the HSE. Clearly, there were a number of failures in this process at Asset International Ltd.
“it is disappointing to learn of the disregard for the health and wellbeing of these employees. The kind of injuries staff at the firm suffered can be debilitating for victims and the problems they are now suffering could have easily been avoided had the correct procedures been in place.
“Concerns regarding the presence of asbestos in schools are not going away and these figures highlight the number of people who could be affected if the material was incorrectly managed or disturbed.
“MPs in recent months agreed a full programme for the removal of asbestos from the Palace of Westminster in recent years, so they know the risks. However, we are yet to see a clear plan of action formed on tackling the issue in schools.
“We have repeatedly demanded a full risk register is introduced to document the presence of asbestos in public buildings including schools, with it being maintained through a programme of regular inspections.
“Transparency and clarity are also key and with this in mind, we feel all of those who work and attend sites where asbestos is present should also be informed of its presence.
“Asbestos exposure is so often linked to industrial environments, but we are seeing more and more cases where people have been exposed in buildings such as schools. This is an issue which requires urgent attention and it is vital that the Government takes steps on the matter.”
“Mesothelioma is a very aggressive, and sadly, incurable disease that causes a great deal of pain and suffering for victims, as well as their families who witness its impact.
“The number of mesothelioma fatalities continues to grow and we would like to hear from anyone who remembers Eileen from the factory, or worked there around that time and can tell us about the working conditions at the site.”
Health and safety regulations are in place for very good reason and it is absolutely crucial companies take their responsibilities for the safety of staff seriously.
“This means maintaining machinery and tools, providing clear working guidelines, monitoring the health of employees and adhering to recommendations made by the HSE. Clearly, in this case there were serious failings in this process and nine workers have now been diagnosed with HAVS.
“The condition can be debilitating for those affected and it could have easily been avoided had the correct procedures been in place. Hopefully, this will act as a reminder to employers to take the health and safety of their workers seriously and prevent incidents like this in the future.
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