Thursday 23 November 2017
Asbestos Action highlight dangers of asbestos to Scottish MSPs
Asbestos Action were delighted to be invited by Scottish MSP Jenna Marra to have an information stand at the Scottish parliament for the week beginning 6th November 2017.
John Fearn, manager at Asbestos Action, attended with the aim to raise awareness about the charity amongst Scottish MSPs, along with highlighting the risks asbestos still pose today and to underline the issues victims of asbestos related lung cancer face when applying for State Benefits.
There are planned changes to parts of the benefits system, which once in place, may make it harder for asbestos disease suffers to access the benefits they are entitled to.
Euan Love and Mark Nicholson, both specialist lawyers in Asbestos Disease Compensation at Digby Brown, also came along to help us highlight these issues to members of the Scottish Government.
John Fearn, manager at Asbestos Action said: “It was a great opportunity to meet the MSPs a one to one basis and explain the current challenges the charity faces in terms of sufferers benefits, asbestos still in public buildings and the difficulties faced by the legal profession in obtaining justice for victims.
“Many thanks also to Euan and Mark from Digby Brown for their support on the stand and being available to explain the intricacies of the legal system to the MSPs.”
Friday 28 July 2017
Asbestos Action calls for removal of asbestos
Asbestos Action held a successful event in Dundee on Friday 21 July at Discovery Point. The event’s main aim was to highlight the hidden risk posed by asbestos in homes and workplaces.
30% increase in asbestos victims seeking support
The day was also the charity’s 15th Annual General Meeting. Asbestos Action have seen a 30% increase in demand for its services as the number of people being diagnosed with asbestos related disease continues to rise in Scotland. A keynote speaker at the event was Beth Robinson of Gowrie Contracts Ltd, a Dundee based firm who specialises in asbestos abatement, while representatives from the Princes Youth Trust presented a video designed to help raise awareness of the risk posed by asbestos to future generations.
Speaking at the event, John Fearn, General Manager of Asbestos Action, said:
“It is important for us to actively campaign to help raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos exposure and its widespread presence in our houses, schools and workplaces.
“We need to see the safe, phased removal of asbestos from buildings where it is present, increased standards of health and safety, and better remedies for those affected by asbestos disease through no fault of their own.
“We will aim to hold them to account, to secure some justice for asbestos victims and their families.”
Friday 11 March 2016
Asbestos Action Conference 2016
Asbestos Action held a successful and well-attended conference in Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth at the end of February 2016.
The conference - ‘Asbestos in 2016: Today’s challenge’ - brought together individuals affected by asbestos related conditions and professionals working in the field. Among the speakers were Jephson Robb, designer of the International Asbestos Memorial in Clydebank, Dr Peter Reid, Dr Peter Reid, Consultant Respiratory Physician and Fraser Simpson, Head of Industrial Disease at Digby Brown Solicitors.
Roger Mullins MP (SNP – Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath) gave a powerful keynote address, offering his support for Asbestos Action’s work and help in lobbying both the Scottish and UK governments on issues affecting asbestos victims and their families.
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