Lifesaving fire blankets made of asbestos may have contributed to the development of asbestos related diseases in individuals unwittingly exposed to asbestos fibres at work or in public.
Originally designed to save lives, asbestos fire blankets were considered a must-have item in many offices, factories and public buildings prior to the asbestos ban. Their affordability, durability and fire retardant properties made them a popular choice for safety conscious individuals and organisations.
With the dangers of asbestos having since been discovered, responsible companies and organisations chose to dispose of and replace their asbestos fire blankets. However, for many sufferers of asbestos related diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis, the damage has already been done.
In the unlikely event that someone caught on fire or needed to escape from a burning building, they may have been wrapped in an asbestos fire blanket. Although this one off exposure to asbestos fibres may sound insignificant, some researchers believe that there is no safe level of exposure when it comes to asbestos and that small airborne fibres ingested or inhaled could have be enough to cause mesothelioma and asbestosis.
Asbestos fire blankets were also used frequently by families with open fires, the fire department and factory workers which may have put them at greater risk of asbestos diseases than others. As a result, sufferers from these industries may be entitled to asbestos compensation where they were insufficiently protected from the dangers of asbestos.
Despite large quantities of asbestos having been removed over the past ten years, few people realise the inherent dangers present in asbestos fire blankets that may still be in place. In a stable state, asbestos fire blankets are relatively safe to use. However, research has shown that deterioration of these fire blankets can lead to the release of airborne asbestos fibres that are hazardous to the health of the individual.
If you are suffering from an asbestos-related illness and believe you may have come into contact with a deteriorated asbestos fire blanket that a company failed to replace; you could be entitled to asbestos compensation. Companies and public bodies have a responsibility to keep their safety equipment in good condition for the safety of their employees and the public.
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related illness and believe your health was put at risk through exposure to asbestos-containing safety equipment, you could be entitled to asbestos compensation. Call our team of specialist solicitors with the experience and knowledge to help you receive 100% of your asbestos compensation; 0800 634 1626