Asbestos is the biggest cause of work related deaths

The Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum which represents asbestos victims support groups has launched a Charter for Justice.

Exposure to asbestos in the work place is one of the biggest causes on work-related fatalities and the number of people who die from mesothelioma and asbestos related cancers continues to grow.

The Charter for Justice for asbestos victims is calling on the next Government to take steps to improve the lives of people with asbestos related disease.

These include:

  • Retaining and improving Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB), and ensuring that the benefit is excluded for the purposes of calculating means tested benefits.
  • Ensuring that posthumous payments are made at the same rate is in life payments
  • Awarding the Constant Attendance Allowance automatically at the intermediate rate where IIDB has been awarded for mesothelioma or lung cancer
  • Ensuring that everyone who has received payments under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme receives 100% average awards, and that all prescribed asbestos related diseases should be covered by the scheme.
  • Making sure that people with lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos are treated in the same way as those with mesothelioma when making a civil claim
  • Ensuring that compensation claims settled when the person is alive are treated in the same way as those settled after death.
  • Reviewing the 2007 Mesothelioma Frame-work to end the post code lottery that exists for the best treatment
  • Ensuring that every area of the UK has a specialist mesothelioma nurse
  • Putting in place sustainable long-term funding for medical research into asbestos related diseases
  • Putting in place a regulatory framework that brings prosecutions when the asbestos regulations are broken
  • Addressing the wide-spread presence of asbestos in schools with a national audit of all schools to identify where asbestos is present and a policy to remove asbestos from all schools.

Mesothelioma lawyer at Leigh Day Harminder Bains said:

“The use of asbestos in public buildings and many workplaces has left the UK with a serious legacy of disease and suffering, causing thousands of deaths.

“I fully support the steps outlined in the asbestos Charter for Justice and strongly recommend that the next Government moves quickly to implement the Charter’s steps to prevent future deaths and provide proper support for sufferers.”

Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum has asked people to:

  • Send a message of support to: asbestosforum@wmht.co.uk
  • Put your name on the sign on sheet, take a selfie and send it to us or post it on Twitter using the hashtag #IWMD15
  • Get your friends and family to sign the Charter and send it to us today