n support of D3NIS: His petition for asbestos related disease sufferers rights in England
I am urging everybody who reads this to sign the petition posted on this site by D3NIS, just a few days ago.
I know a lot of people tend to think of asbestos related diseases as occupational and those who worked with asbestos knew the risks. Wrong. Asbestos workers were not informed of the dangers and happily worked on in total ignorance. In 1967 I proudly came home and eagerly told my Dad I had an interview at Turner Brother's Asbestos, he said, “No you haven't, most people there get bad chests. You're not going to work there” I didn't turn up for the interview. My Dad knew asbestos was a health hazard in1967, why didn't the Job Centre? Thanks Dad. The dangers of asbestos were known in the 1920s, yet they only started banning it's use in the 1980s. Why? Personally, I think a lot of people made a lot of money. I also think this has the potential to become a massive problem and successive governments are trying to solve it by ignoring it!
For some years I ran a small contracting company, installing fire alarm and access control systems. I worked in hospitals, universities, large companies and one large airport. In all of these places asbestos lurked. Asbestos is safe until it's damaged or disturbed, but we would be disturbing it. Sometimes the presence of asbestos was notified in the job specification and sometimes it wasn't. But in all cases asbestos was spoken of in hushed tones. In one meeting at a university, I raised the issue and was promptly shushed because a secretary was taking minutes. I reported one very large and well known company because they had their employees removing around 9000 square meters of asbestos tiles, putting themselves, other workers on the site and the public in danger. They got a slap on the wrist and had to bring in a specialist company. Result! This was 1996. And so it goes on....
Please sign D3NIS' petition. I would have included a direct link but don't know how and it's late and I'm tired.
Thanks for reading