Sign the new petition: Cape Must Pay

Cape Intermediate Holdings (formerly Cape PLC) was one of the largest asbestos companies in the world. They had mining interests in South Africa as well as factories in the UK. Their asbestos products were widely used in construction in this country, especially Asbestolux and Marinite insulation boards. These products are at the heart of the…

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Landmark battle for documents that show Asbestolux manufacturer Cape knew that asbestos insulation board was dangerous

Important historical documents have been saved from destruction thanks to a court battle waged by the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK (the Forum). They will be vital to future asbestos compensation cases. The documents would have been destroyed but for the timely intervention of the Forum. They provide extraordinary evidence that the asbestos manufacturing…

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A word about the Butterfly Group

Mesothelioma is a word we had never heard of before, but it changed our lives completely. We both lost our husbands to this awful disease in 2014. Sheila lives in the apartment above me and lost her husband eight months before my husband died. We got chatting at a few of the social gatherings where…

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The HSE’s latest estimates of people being killed by asbestos

The Health and Safety Executive has just reported its latest estimates of people dying from exposure to asbestos while they were at work.  Their estimates are based on what it said on people’s death certificates. They calculate that in 2019-20 about 12,000 people died from injuries to their lungs caused at work. 4,800 died from…

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MPs’ inquiry into the management of asbestos

MPs on the Work and Pensions Committee have launched an inquiry into how asbestos is managed in the workplace. We have submitted written evidence to the inquiry. The Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum will be giving live evidence at one of the committee’s hearings. Who is at risk? Traditionally the people deemed to be at…

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This service needs to be publicised more!

Lesley Nash writes, ‘Your service needs to be publicised more so that you can help people earlier on. My parents and I were not fully aware of the support that was available. Your service has been a blessing It has been a real blessing knowing that there is help out there and that you are…

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If you have asbestosis, did you work in the car industry?

People often wonder when they were exposed to asbestos at work. A diagnosis of asbestosis or pleural thickening is a sure sign that someone has worked hands-on with asbestos, but sometimes people are left puzzling about when this might have been. This is because there were a lot of products containing hidden asbestos. Worse still,…

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My wife, Lyn, was exposed to asbestos in school

On Action Meso Day, Roy from Worcestershire shares the story of his wife Lyn, who worked in a school laboratory for 19 years, where she was exposed to asbestos. He makes a powerful plea for ZeroAsbestos in schools. A report published today by JUAC, the Join Union Asbestos Committee, suggests that asbestos in schools is…

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