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Buckingham Palace: A Platform for Asbestos Awareness

With the dangers of asbestos reportedly presenting a “significant financial challenge” to Buckingham Palace, following recent news of an asbestos contamination in the Houses of Parliament, could the need for heightened awareness of the dangers of exposure to asbestos now be addressed on a rightfully prominent platform?

As the tabloids question where the Queen will stay if the royal palace is deemed unfit whilst renovations are carried out, the subject of the safe removal, cost, and dangers of asbestos may be highlighted to those less aware.

Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official residence has not been refurbished since 1952. Her Majesty spends approximately one third of the year at the Palace, with the longest amount of time spent in other residence during the Second World War when Her Majesty relocated to Windsor Castle.

Along with old plumbing and wiring, the palace is said to be contaminated with asbestos which potentially poses as a serious threat to all those inhabiting the building. Amidst a number of repairs, the cost of asbestos removal could total a reported £150 million for the Royals.

Recently, Slater and Gordon Senior Lawyer, Kim Harrison, wrote on the perilous matter of the asbestos time bomb in UK schools. Unbeknown to many, funding is at the root of the dangerous asbestos that contaminates 86% of UK schools. Staff, children and the broader public are at considerable risk of exposure to the asbestos that lurks in pre-1999-built school buildings, but the cost of removal is so great that many are unable to address the considerable threat.

Learn more on asbestos in schools here.

The lack of awareness of the effects of exposure to asbestos is an epidemic that sees hundreds of thousands of victims diagnosed with Mesothelioma every year.

Perhaps with the monarchy and nation’s ministers confronted by the dangers of exposure to asbestos, awareness will be raised to this global epidemic.

Read our previous blog on the dangers of asbestos exposure around the world.

If you think you may have been exposed to asbestos call the expert Personal Injury Solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers on 0800 844 0275 or contact us online.

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