“Potentially lethal asbestos could lie hidden in thousands of homes” Asons Solicitors Comment

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According to the News and Star, Social landlord Riverside has admitted they are unsure as to how many of its properties could contain potentially lethal asbestos fibres. (1) Asbestos was an extremely popular building material used in Great Britain from the 1930s through to the mid-1980s.

Thomas Fairclough, Marketing Executive at Asons Solicitors, made the following statement:

“Asbestos’ frequent use as a building material means that it is common in the general environment. Living or working near asbestos can give personal exposure to the lethal airbourne fibres.”

John and Ann Stewart planned to move, and spent hours cleaning up broken tiles, after removing the carpet and underlay from their Hethersgill home. The couples were hoping to move properties following the renovation. (1)

Whilst cleaning the property, Mr Stewart, 51, explained that they had received a letter requesting that they remove the carpet and underlay. (1)

“We revealed broken and crumbling tiles underneath,” the self-employed burger van owner said.

“Me and the wife were sweeping all the tiles up ready for the exchange.”

According to the News and Star, to the housing association has recently apologised to the couple, offering to make a £2,000 out-of-court settlement. The couples were wise to decline, asbestos exposure is stating that they had no idea of the negative implications it could have regarding their future health. (1)

Thomas Fairclough, added:

“An Asbestos related illness can lead to a slow, painful death, taking up to 40 years for symptoms to present themselves. It is unjust that something hasn’t been done sooner, safeguarding the health of those living in the properties.”

The City councilor, Willie Whalen, has been campaigning for any asbestos to be removed from former council homes for years.

“Health and Safety says if you don’t touch or disturb asbestos it is perfectly safe.

“But if you’re going to be walking on tiles or working on walls, can you say that is safe and undisturbed? Why are 20 people a week diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer if it is safe? Why are there people dying of it?”

A spokeswoman for Riverside said the Stewarts’ case is with their solicitors, who are “liaising directly” with the couple. (1)

“This could mean approximately 50 per cent of our stock has some asbestos.”
But the spokeswoman was quick to reassure residents, adding: “This does not mean that these materials present a risk. (1)

“Guidance from the Health and Safety Executive states that ‘If materials containing asbestos are in good condition and in a position where they are not going to be disturbed then it is safer to leave them where they are’.”

Asons Solicitors suggest that if someone would like to learn more about the asbestos claim process, or if they would like to better understand asbestos related illness, that information is available at http://www.asons.co.uk, or via an expert helpline on 01204 521 133

(1)    Asbestos Fears For Thousands Of Carlisle Homes - http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/asbestos-fears-for-thousands-of-carlisle-homes-1.1073789 - News & Star July 2013

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.

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Email: info(at)asons(dot)co.uk
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