12 July 2011
Asbestos in Schools: A Lawyer’s Concern
Slater and Gordon Lawyers (formerly Russell Jones & Walker) highlight the ongoing issue with asbestos being present in schools.
A study in 2008 found that there were 33,700 schools in the UK of which it is estimated 25,000 contain asbestos. As they deteriorate the risk of exposure to pupils and staff increases.
Dianne Willmore was a pupil at Bowring Comprehensive School in Knowsley near Liverpool in the 1970’s. She was exposed to asbestos fibres from workmen replacing ceiling tiles on a corridor along which she walked, and from vandalism to the same tiles in the girls’ toilets. She died of mesothelioma in 2009, almost 40 years later.
This asbestos compensation case was decided by the new Supreme Court which ruled in her favour, rejecting the argument of the school authority that there had to be a doubling of the risk from environmental exposure for her to succeed.
With asbestos still present in thousands of buildings in the UK it remains a cause of concern. Only a small exposure has the potential to cause the fatal condition of mesothelioma.
Simon Allen is a Senior Personal Injury Lawyer at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Sheffield.
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