Legal News

Following a recent asbestos case in High Court*, Claimants are now able to claim for the costs of caring for a loved one in a hospice from the former employers who are responsible for the asbestos injury. This case was brought by the daughters of James Wilson, who died at the age of 75 from mesothelioma (a...
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Asbestos Dumped on Public Highway

Asbestos was found on the side of a country lane near Cotehill, Carlise. Health and Safety Experts were called to the quarry entrance on Armathaite Road to deal with the corrugated asbestos roof sheets. They stated it was clear that whoever left the extremely dangerous waste knew it contained asbestos as it w...
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Turin – the Largest Asbestos Trial Ever

Monday 13th, February 2012. The Eternit trial and verdict: the essence.   A VERDICT OF HISTORIC IMPORTANCE   Stephan Schmidheiny (65) used to be the owner of the Swiss-Belgian industrial group Eternit (ETEX), which was in turn a major shareholder of the Italian subsidiary of Eternit between 1976...
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Daventry firm fined after exposing staff to chemicals

A chemical manufacturing company from Daventry has been fined for exposing its employees to a range of hazardous chemicals.   One member of staff, a 46-year-old despatch officer, was diagnosed with occupational asthma and rhinitis after handling a variety of toxic substances, mainly in liquid form, tha...
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Belfast-based HMS Caroline ‘to become museum’

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has said she hopes a World War I cruiser which has been docked in Belfast since 1923 can be turned into a floating museum. HMS Caroline is the last survivor of the 1916 Battle of Jutland. It has been given a £1m grant for urgent repairs. The work will include making the s...
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Asbestos surveyors in court after workers put at risk

Two asbestos surveyors have appeared in court after construction workers were exposed to potentially-deadly fibres during the refurbishment of a Trafford pub.   David Harold and Shaun Hodgson were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after they failed to identify the presence of asbestos...
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NHS Asbestos refund law opposed by insurance companies

The Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases Bill is before the Welsh Assembly and if passed it will force businesses to pay the medical costs of staff that fall ill after working with asbestos.   The Bill is opposed by the insurance industry with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) saying...
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Hospital Trust in court for asbestos failures

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust has been fined after contractors were unwittingly exposed to asbestos fibres at Sunderland Eye Infirmary. Over the weekend of 24/25 March 2012 the contractors drilled through door surrounds on a ward to install cables.   The following day it was confirmed ...
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Britannia Hotels Limited fined for risk of exposing to asbestos dust

Cheshire based Britannia Hotels Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £200,000 in fines and costs after construction workers and guests were put at risk of asbestos exposure at a Kent Hotel.   The hotel chain failed to ensure a full asbestos assessment was undertaken before construction workers refurb...
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