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The industrial disease team at Stephensons regularly write about related legal topics and  welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 01616 966 229.

 

Can you make an industrial disease claim if the company no longer exists?

Steven Jones
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One of the main issues which deters people from pursuing an industrial disease claim is that some symptoms can take many years to develop or become noticeable, such as work-related lung cancer , asbestosis or hearing loss . As such, by the...

Is mesothelioma always caused by asbestos exposure?

Pauline Smith
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Mesothelioma is a cancer that develops in the lining that covers the outer surfaces of the body’s organs. Which organs are affected by mesothelioma? Usually, this disease affects the lining of the lungs, but can also affect the lining of the...

What are the first signs of asbestos poisoning?

Sarah Masters
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Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibre that was used mainly in the construction industry as well as other industries until 1999 when it was banned in the UK. Whilst it is now banned, you can still be exposed to asbestos as it may still remain in buildings...

Health & Safety Executive targets fabricated metal businesses to protect workers from occupational lung diseases

Sarah Masters
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Last year in the UK it is estimated that 12,000 people died from occupational lung diseases . As such, from 4th May 2021, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) started inspecting businesses in the fabricated metal industry to ensure they are managing the...

Turner & Newall asbestos claims - 20 years on...

Sarah Masters
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This year will mark 20 years since the infamous Turner & Newall company went into administration, ending 130 years of asbestos production in Greater Manchester and leaving a legacy of disease and death for the workers and their families. At its...

Why are there so many asbestos-related disease deaths over 20 years after asbestos was banned in the UK?

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In 2020 alone, there was over 5,000 asbestos-related disease deaths, including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. So the question remains, if the use of asbestos was banned in 1999, why are we still facing asbestos-related deaths over 20 years on?...

Increase in hand-arm vibration cases

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According to the latest HSE figures , in 2019 there were 205 new cases of hand-arm vibration syndrome in 2019, up from 180 cases in the previous year. New cases had been declining since 2015 when 635 cases were reported to the Industrial Injuries...

Health and Safety Executive targets construction firms in October with dustbusting initiative

Sarah Masters
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From Monday 5th October 2020, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be targeting construction firms across Great Britain in a month long inspection initiative focussed on respiratory risks and occupational lung disease. The health and safety...

Dupuytren's Contracture recognised as an industrial disease

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have recognised another condition, known as Dupuytren’s Contracture, as a recognised industrial disease for the purposes of making a claim for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB). This...

Record $3 million asbestos compensation award in Australia

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South Australian father of three, Matthew Werfel, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017 after finding a lump in his groin. Mr Werfel worked as a fencing contractor as a teenager and was found to have been exposed to asbestos dust during that role. He was...

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