Electrician Makes Asbestos Compensation Claim Against Chocolate Companies

by Steve on May 20, 2011

An article by guest author Julia Laubscher

Being an electrician is rewarding but often demanding; it’s an occupation that requires protection against hazards like shocks, exposure to chemicals and sometimes even the inhalation of dangerous substances. A Bracknell electrician has made headlines this month, bringing a large asbestos compensation claim against Mars and Nestle, saying that these companies are responsible for his contraction of asbestosis.

Charles Parker is taking the two major confectionary companies to the High Court with a compensation claim for £200 000. The 66-year-old electrician worked for the two chocolate companies over a period of 30 years, and is holding them accountable for the asbestos exposure that led to his condition, asbestosis – a painful inflammation of the lung tissue. The claim for compensation states that his employers required him to work in dusty areas while he performed his duties as an electrical contractor, and it was during this time that he inhaled asbestos fibres. Mr Parker worked for Nestle from 1969 to 1971, and Mars from 1971 to 1999. He first experienced his symptoms in 1995, but was only diagnosed last year.

The asbestos compensation claim accuses the two chocolate companies of negligence, stating that they did not provide adequate warnings about the risks of exposure to asbestos, or information about the correct protective equipment required by employees working in areas affected by asbestos. The compensation claims also state that the companies do not provide adequate ventilation or breathing devices for employees carrying out electrical work and similar tasks, and did not damp down areas containing asbestos fibres.

Employers should always inform their contractors and staff of the risks involved in electrical work and exposure to substances like asbestos. While the correct work shoes and protective overalls go a long way to keeping electricians safe during their daily tasks, it is vital that employers do all that is necessary to provide a working environment that is as safe as possible, in order to prevent damage to employee health, which could lead to legal battles such as Mr Parker’s asbestos compensation claim.

Further reading: Asbestos Training

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Asbestos Training October 24, 2011 at 19:47

The Control of Asbestos Regulations require mandatory training for anyone liable to be exposed to asbestos fibres at work (regulation 10). This includes maintenance workers and others who may come into contact with or who may disturb asbestos (eg electricians) as well as those involved in asbestos removal work. This is to stop the electricians of today becoming part of the Statistics of the future

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