“Asbestos Found in 80% of The Schools in Warrington” Asons Solicitors Comment

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According to a Freedom of Information request, 72 out of 90 primary and secondary schools contain deadly material and thousands of children are potentially exposed to asbestos on a daily basis, research has revealed (1).

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You are aware that asbestos exists, but you are certainly not aware of the dangers and the fact that just the simple act of going to school, you can die of an industrial disease.

A Freedom of Information request to Warrington Borough Council has revealed concern over the presence of asbestos in 80% of the schools in the Cheshire town (1). According to UK government estimates, 70% of school buildings in the UK contain asbestos; however Freedom of Information requests show that the number is higher than that in many local authorities with 85% or more containing asbestos (2).

Michael Lees, from campaign group Asbestos in Schools, said: "You are aware that asbestos exists, but you are certainly not aware of the dangers and the fact that just the simple act of going to school, you can die of an industrial disease." (1)

Asbestos is a mineral that was often used in buildings and construction applications, namely for its heat resilient properties. The dangers of its use have been known since the early 20th century, yet it was widely used for insulation, flooring and roofing. Asbestos is now banned in the UK. However, buildings that were constructed before the year 2000 may still have asbestos in them.

A spokesman for Warrington Borough Council said: “The presence of asbestos in school buildings is not uncommon and Warrington is no different to many other areas across the UK.

“However, we do take the issue of asbestos seriously and schools are required by health and safety legislation to manage safely the presence of asbestos within buildings and this is carried out in line with guidance provided by the HSE. “ (1)

Commenting on the report, Asons Executive Thomas Fairclough said that:

“Awareness needs to be raised for circumstances where our children’s health is under threat. At Asons we deal with asbestos related illness claims on regular basis.

"Regardless of the industry, if an individual has been exposed to Asbestos and developed a related disease, then they can potentially make a claim for Asbestosis compensation.”

Asons Solicitors have a dedicated team of industrial disease specialists dealing with cases of asbestos related diseases, giving people legal advice, particularly in the area of mesothelioma claims and asbestos claims. Exposure to asbestos can be deadly, and Asons urge anyone who feels they may have been exposed to asbestos fibres to consult their GP immediately for a consultation and contact an industrial disease specialist for legal representation. To find out more information on asbestos claims and mesothelioma compensation, contact Asons at http://www.asons.co.uk or phone 01204 521 133.

(1)    Warrington Guardian ‘Deadly asbestos found in 80 per cent of schools’ (13/06/2013) warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/10477436.Deadly_asbestos_found_in_80_per_cent_of_schools/
(2)    Michael Lees, July 2010 - Asbestos in Schools asbestosexposureschools.co.uk/pdfnewslinks/Summary%20July%202010.pdf

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About Asons Solicitors:
Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

For further information contact:
Email: info(at)asons(dot)co(dot)uk
Website: http://www.asons.co.uk

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