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

22 November 2021

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

17 November 2021

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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NICE offers new hope for patients with asbestosis

11 November 2021

For the first time, patients and their doctors will no longer need to choose between trying a new medicine which has the potential to extend their life and the alternative of claiming Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit and a lump sum from the Workers’ Compensation Scheme. Drugs which slow the progression of pulmonary fibrosis were previously …

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A Night of Rock ‘n’ Roll Music

5 November 2021

Join us for an evening of great music to be provided by  members of the popular bands from the 1950s and 1960s including: THE BRUMBEATS, THE CUTAWAYS, THE MODERNAIRES, THE BEACHCOMBERS, THE APPLEJACKS Local writer and historian Laurie Hornsby will be there to introduce the bands and sing a few of his songs about Birmingham…

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Roy writes about the help he and his wife Lyn received from Asbestos Support Central England

25 October 2021

Asbestos Support Central England (ASCE) helped my wife Lyn and I as we were trying to come to terms with the life-devastating diagnosis of Mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer. At that point we were both less than rational. It was impossible for us to see the wood for the trees. Getting us the help we…

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Everton Clarke from Nechells was caught on camera dumping asbestos

22 October 2021

People who dump asbestos seem to think they will never be caught. But Everton Clarke from Cromwell Street, Nechells, was photographed unloading six sacks of asbestos from a white van in Hockley. He dumped them in the road. Mr Clarke was sent to the Crown Court. He was given a suspended prison sentence, ordered to…

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This service needs to be publicised more!

6 October 2021

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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Sometimes people do beat the odds

30 September 2021

In a recent post we explained how doctors work out their patients’ life expectancy after they have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease. There is no crystal ball. An estimate of someone’s life expectancy is based on the average time that people survive with a particular disease. It’s also affected by any other health…

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The Health and Safety Executive says it’s cracking down hard on hazardous dust

24 September 2021

Construction sites are closely associated with all kinds of dust. More than 3,500 construction workers die each year before the age of 75 because they have a cancer caused by hazardous dust. Many more die from these cancers after age 75. The HSE is cracking down The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has decided to…

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Covid-19 Precautions: Why we are still cautious about making home visits

23 September 2021

Researchers are only now burrowing down into the statistics to find out how Covid-19 affects different patients. New studies in Spain and the United States of America have added weight to what many people already suspected. Underlying health conditions such as asbestos related diseases do seem to increase the risks from catching Covid-19. How things…

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