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Friday, 12 August 2011

Friday, 12 August 2011

Hazards of the Trade - Dangers of Asbestos Around Gas Meters

Despite the ban on the use of asbestos in buildings over a decade ago, tradesmen like gas engineers are still at risk of coming into contact with dangerous asbestos-containing materials. 

As the country’s biggest workplace killer, asbestos related diseases are commonly found amongst people who worked in trades based industries where workers regularly come into contact with the hazardous substance. 

Being relatively cheap to produce, prior to the asbestos ban coming into force, asbestos was widely used for fireproofing and insulation. Many household gas meters are still housed in Asbestos Insulation Board (AIB) or sealed with asbestos rope. If these are in good condition, the asbestos can remain relatively harmless.
Although the asbestos ban only came into force in 2000, the dangers of asbestos have been known for many years prior to that which caused people to seek alternative solutions. As a result, some of the asbestos that is still present in homes can be very old and subject to deterioration. As AIB starts to break down, asbestos fibres are released into the air and can easily be ingested or inhaled by gas engineers that disturb the unit.
Gas engineers may not be exposed to high levels of airborne asbestos fibres but the frequency in which they come into contact with asbestos containing materials found at gas meters requires specialist knowledge in order for them to stay protected against cancers and asbestos-related diseases later in life.

Although currently there is an attempt to ensure engineers are sufficiently educated on asbestos found near and around gas meters, not every company is ensuring their employees are sufficiently aware of the potential health risks. If your employer never made you aware of the hazards of working with asbestos or failed to instruct you how to identify it, you may be entitled to asbestos compensation should you succumb to an asbestos related illness.

If you are concerned that your employer may have wrongfully exposed you to asbestos and have recently been diagnosed with an asbestos related illness, our specialist solicitors can give you clear and accurate information on obtaining the asbestos compensation you deserve. Call us now to find out whether you could be entitled to asbestos compensation; 0800 634 1626


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