On 20 March this year I blogged about Patricia Moriarty, 47 and mother of a 25 year old son who is in remission from cancer and had been waiting almost four years to be moved to a more secure house after discovering asbestos in her house.
Mrs Moriarty who lives in Archway claimed that no precautions were put in place by Islington Council when drilling and rewiring work was carried out on the property in 2009, despite asbestos being found in the ceiling. It is alleged that the ceilings are Artex which also contains asbestos. She said, “We were exposed to these fibres, and I don’t care if it was for a minute, an hour or a day… The fact is no protection was put in place to protect us from dust.”
Ms Moriarty further claims that the concerns she raised were dismissed when she contacted the Council, as well as MP Jeremy Corbyn. However, last week she received a reply from Mr Corbyn stating that advice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) suggested that her health had not been compromised and that the Council had no case to answer. The letter stated that HSE guidelines had been followed and further a Council spokesman said, “The advice of the experts is that the ceiling decoration presents no risk to the occupants.
As Mrs Moriarty indicates, no matter how minimal or short the exposure to asbestos, any exposure could be potentially deadly. As previously mentioned in my blog, any information as to the dangers of asbestos and how to reduce such dangers should be made available to any resident by the local Council. This is despite Islington City Council having a factsheet on its website detailing the appropriate handling and removal of asbestos.
In order to facilitate any future asbestos compensation claim, anyone exposed to asbestos materials at work or at home, particularly prolonged exposure to asbestos dust and fibres, should register any exposure as soon as possible on the Slater and Gordon UK Asbestos Register. Simply complete the form online or for assistance call Dominic Smith on 0161 383 3527 or freephone 0800 916 9046 to register your exposure.
Alison Kerr is an Asbestos Compensation Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.
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