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UK Schools Face Asbestos Timebomb

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Three-quarters of schools have asbestos in their buildings [1] and councils in England have paid out £10 million in compensation to those who have suffered disease following exposure to the deadly substance [2] .  Furthermore, the...

Hillingdon Has Fourth Highest Asbestos Death Rate In London

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A new report has shown that the borough of Hillingdon has the fourth highest asbestos death rate in London. Between 1981 and 2005 there were 135 deaths in Hillingdon.  Across London 2,663 men were killed by the disease, with only Havering,...

Industrial Disease Compensation and the Steel Industry

Malcolm Underhill
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In 1875, Britain produced almost 40 per cent of the world’s steel. Today it extracts 12 million tonnes a year which account for just 0.7 per cent. The decline of the UK steel industry has hit many communities, especially in the industrial...

Black Gold And Deadly Disease

Malcolm Underhill
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British Miners and the Right to Compensation At its peak, the British coal industry employed over one million men.  As one of the most important industries in the UK, coal was the lifeblood of Britain and miners’ strikes could bring the...

The Relationship Between Exposure to Chemicals and the Development of Industrial Diseases

Malcolm Underhill
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Chemicals and other hazardous substances such as asbestos and lead have been responsible for human disease for thousands of years.  However, since the Industrial Revolution, cases have become prolific, with hundreds of people suffering every year...

Five Fast Facts About Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

Malcolm Underhill
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Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), otherwise known as Vibration White Finger (VWF) affects hundreds of workers every year. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the symptoms until it is too late.  Caused by over-exposure to vibrating tools,...

Exposure to Chemicals and Industrial Disease

Malcolm Underhill
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Chemicals and other hazardous substances such as asbestos and lead have been responsible for human disease for thousands of years.  However, since the Industrial Revolution, cases have become prolific, with hundreds of people suffering every year from...

Throwing the Book at the Printing Industry

Malcolm Underhill
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Printing industry workers reside in illustrious company.  Benjamin Franklin, Orville Wright, Johannes Gutenberg – these great men all had their hand in the printing business. Who would have thought a profession, that continues to produce some of...

Five Celebrities Who Have Suffered From Medical Negligence

Malcolm Underhill
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Medical negligence can cause pain, suffering, loss of income, embarrassment and in worse case scenarios, even death.  No one, including some of the world’s most famous celebrities is immune from the consequences of a doctor or a surgeon making...

A Life Damaged Before It Begins

Malcolm Underhill
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The Long Lasting Effects Of Birth Injuries Childbirth has always been a risky business for both mother and baby.  In 15 th  century Florence, upper-class woman would make their Will as soon as they found out they were pregnant because...

The Danger of Pesticides in the Farming Industry

Malcolm Underhill
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Exploitation of agricultural workers has been an issue since humans began farming between 12,000 and 10,000 years ago. In the UK today, health and safety laws have come a long way to protect agricultural workers from the dangers of farm machinery and...

Has Your Bladder Cancer Been Caused By Workplace Chemicals?

Malcolm Underhill
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Research into bladder cancer has shown conclusively that exposure to a group of chemicals called arylamines can be linked directly to the development of the disease.  Some of these chemicals have been banned from workplaces for over 50 years; however,...