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Working with Asbestos Guide

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been running an asbestos awareness campaign called “The Hidden Killer”. Therefore Hattons Solicitors have decided to raise awareness of their important campaign to try and prevent more workers from being unnecessarily exposed to asbestos.

Read the HSE statistics and guidelines below giving guidance to workers who suspect asbestos:

Asbestos is a hidden killer and could be hidden in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000. It’s an unfortunate fact that thousands of tradesmen are working unknowingly right now with asbestos. The HSE’s advice is to avoid working with asbestos if you can.

If you are unsure about if you are working with asbestos STOP and CHECK. People in charge of workplace buildings have a legal duty to provide you with up to date information on the location and condition of asbestos before you start work.

Do Not Work If:


A target of 4000 hours of free asbestos awareness training has been set in a new initiative to help tradesmen working with asbestos across Britain protect themselves from the deadly dust. Visit the HSE website for more information.

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The consequences of not complying with government legislation are quite severe and include financial penalties, the possibility of a jail sentence, refusal of employers & public liability insurance and refusal by maintenance companies such as telecoms, electricity and water companies to conduct repairs to essential services.

Asbestos Statistics

Did you know? Each week approximately 20 tradesmen die from an asbestos related disease

Fact: Approximately 8 joiners, 6 electricians and 4 plumbers die from asbestos-related disease each week.

Did you know? Each year approximately 4000 people die from asbestos. That’s more than are killed on the roads!

If you would like advice on the legislation involved in the possible exposure to asbestos call our legal team on 0800 298 9690 or fill in the Claim Now form to the right of this screen and we’ll call you back.

This information is based on the Health and Safety Executive website


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