Despite being banned since 2000, many companies are failing to address the dangers of asbestos floor tiles that can still be found in many commercial buildings and pose grave risks to the future health of their employees.
Victims of asbestos related diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis often find out too late that their suffering could have been prevented with simple precautions in the workplace. Although the ban on asbestos use came into force in 2000, it still remains legal for residential properties and business premises to keep asbestos in place.
When most people think of asbestos, they may picture lagging and insulation boards in old, dilapidated buildings. In reality, asbestos was used in the production of a variety of building materials, including floor tiles that are still in use today. Since the introduction of asbestos, many commercial buildings and public areas have used asbestos floor tiles that were believed to offer superior strength and durability. As a result, a plethora of companies used some form of asbestos flooring.
Employees working in or with rooms built or refurbished before 2000 or containing asbestos tiling may have been unnecessarily exposed to airborne asbestos fibres. In a stable state, asbestos floor tiling is relatively safe. However, deterioration and damage can cause asbestos fibres from the tiles and glue to become airborne and be unwittingly inhaled.
Asbestos exposure is known to cause diseases like mesothelioma, asbestosis and asbestos related lung cancer. Whether you unknowingly used power tools on asbestos-containing flooring or worked on a site that had asbestos tiling in place, asbestos compensation could help you and your family through difficult times on account of your illness.
Companies have a duty of care to their employees to protect them against asbestos hazards at work. If your employer failed to educate you on the dangers of airborne asbestos fibres, neglected to inform you of the locations of asbestos-containing materials or did not provide you with appropriate protective equipment in the workplace; you may be entitled to asbestos compensation.
If you have discovered you are suffering from an asbestos related illness, you could be entitled to free help in obtaining your asbestos compensation. Call our specially trained solicitors on 0800 634 1626 to talk to people who have the experience and understanding you require to start the process of claiming your asbestos compensation.