Patricia Moriarty, 47 lives with her 25 year old son who is in remission from cancer. She has been waiting almost four years to be moved to a more secure house after discovering asbestos in the ceiling.
Her concerns are real as she fears that she may have been exposed to dangerous asbestos dust and fibres through maintenance of the Artex ceilings in her Hargrave Park Estate home when workers drilled through the ceiling in 2009. No precautions, warnings of the dangers of exposure to asbestos or alternatives were provided to her or her son. Now fours years on she is still waiting and simply wants a new home.
Despite numerous requests to Islington Council no answer has been forthcoming, “All I want is to be moved to somewhere without this risk and a letter of apology recognising what they have done… but it’s like they are washing their hands of the problem.”
Miss Moriarty who is a nursery nurse was never informed of the asbestos when she moved in, nor was she provided with any precautions as to what to do with regards to any potential exposure to the asbestos or the hazards of living in a house built with asbestos. Such basic information could have reduced any fears and concerns for Miss Moriarty and her son.
Information about the dangers of asbestos and how to reduce the dangers should be made available to any resident by the local Council. This is a very sad and unfortunate situation that could have been avoided had the Council done this. Miss Moriarty would have been able to make an informed decision back in 2009 when the maintenance was undertaken and reduced any risk to her and her son.
Anyone exposed to asbestos fibres, dust or asbestos waste materials should register any exposure as soon as possible. This is to ensure correct details of the exposure are maintained and that advice can be provided to them as to what they should do going forward.
Slater and Gordon maintain a National Asbestos Register, to register free of charge call Dominic Smith on 0161 383 3527 or freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online.
By Alison Kerr, an Asbestos Disease Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.
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