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OVER two hundred schools in the Western Education and Library Board (WELB) currently contain asbestos with the education authority estimating it would cost £480k to remove all of the material.
In a statment WELB confirmed 170 primary schools, 30 post-primary schools, seven nursery schools and five special schools contain the potentially cancer-inducing fibre.
WELB estimates removing the asbestos from all the schools would cost £480k.
Just 20 per cent of school safety reps confirmed they have been given asbestos awareness training, according to a new nationwide survey that highlights inconsistencies with an earlier HSE report.
The survey of 600 school safety reps was carried out at the end of last year by the Joint Union Asbestos Campaign (JUAC) – a coalition of six education unions, as well as the education sections of Unison, Unite, GMB and UCATT.
JUAC campaigns on the effective management of risks associated with asbestos in school buildings. It encourages the Government to be open about its policy on asbestos in schools, and, ultimately, wants the substance to be safely removed from all schools. Read More
“Asbestos has long been known to be a dangerous (as well as a useful) substance, employers and occupiers turned a blind eye to those dangers long after they knew or should have known about them, and mesothelioma is a dreadful disease.” Lady Hale
Implications from Wednesday’s landmark ruling.
Victims of mesothelioma have a life expectancy of just 18 months from diagnosis. Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer caused exclusively by asbestos. Asbestos does not occur naturally in the urban world, but was shipped into the UK in large quantities and added to over 3,000 products. Asbestos was used extensively in building materials and thus found its way into offices, schools, homes and hospitals. It was used extensively from the start of the last century up to the final ban in 1999.
Compensation is due because, as Lord Kerr succinctly puts it, “… employers had, in any event, been prepared to have their employee run the risk of contracting the disease.” Lady Hale added “employers and occupiers turned a blind eye to those dangers long after they knew” It is for these reasons that almost every case of mesothelioma is entitled to compensation.
Victims normally have to decide whether to accept what is offered by those responsible (if anything) or fight a legal battle that inevitably consumes their last days. This is what makes those that take these fights on so special, it is entirely selfless. Neither Dianne Willmore nor Enid Costello lived to see their victory in The Supreme Court, both passed away at different points in the proceedings. The beneficiaries are those that follow in their footsteps. Read More
A SCHOOL hall has been closed after deadly asbestos was discovered during a routine survey.
The asbestos was found at Westacre Middle School, Ombersley Way, Droitwich, on Tuesday, February 1.
A Worcestershire County Council spokesman said: “Maintaining the health and well-being of pupils and staff at the school is our highest priority, which is why the decision has been made to temporarily close the school hall to allow the asbestos to be removed.
“We have arranged for a specialist contractor to start work at the school as soon as possible. We envisage that work will take approximately six weeks to complete.
During this time, there will be no disruption to the pupils’ learning.”
Source: Worcester News
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