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If You Think the Risk of Asbestos Has Diminished...Think Again

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In 2018, you would easily be forgiven for thinking that asbestos was a concern of bygone years.  In fact, not only is asbestos still prevalent in many buildings and structures across the UK, the number of cases of diagnosed asbestos-related disease...

Huge Victory For Asbestos Claimants In Disclosure Case

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  Dring v Cape & Ors In December 2017 the High Court ruled in the case of Dring v Cape & Ors that historical documents setting out corporate knowledge of an asbestos hazard , due to be destroyed under the terms of an out-of-court...

The Grenfell Tower Fire: Why Were Residents' Concerns About Fire Safety Ignored?

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The Grenfell Tower fire is a tragedy that has left over 79 people dead and many missing and unaccounted for.  As public and criminal investigations are launched, many questions will need answering, not least; how in 2017 could a building...

How Nebulisers Help Those Gasping For Breath

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Few sensations are as terrifying as not being able to get enough air into your lungs.  The tightening of the chest, the hunger for air and the creeping onslaught of panic as you try to fill your lungs is one of the most frightening experiences...

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,...

Keeping Our Children Safe On The Road

Malcolm Underhill
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Road Safety Week commences this week.  Organised every year by Brake (the leading UK road safety charity), this is the UK’s biggest road safety event, supported by thousands of schools, organisations and communities each year. IBB...

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...

The Risks of Asbestos Exposue: How Safe Are We in Our Own Homes?

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Asbestos is normally considered to be an industrial problem but is that really the case? The dangers associated with asbestos are all around us – even in our own homes, as this extract from an HSE bulletin discusses: “Tenants of a house in...