Employees of a major high street retail chain may be eligible for personal injury compensation settlements if a court rules that the company failed to provide them with adequate protection from asbestos.
Marks & Spencer (M&S) - which has 68,000 members of staff in 30 countries across the world - has been prosecuted for breaching health and safety regulations at three of its branches in southern England.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive alleged that during periods of refurbishment work at stores in Bournemouth, Plymouth and Reading between 2004 and 2006, both workers and customers were exposed to the potentially lethal substance, which can cause illnesses such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Details released during the ongoing court case being heard at Winchester Crown Court revealed that the majority of M&S branches have suspended ceilings from which asbestos can escape.
The organisation denies these charges, but may be forced to pay compensation to affected parties if found guilty.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett