Monthly Archives: February 2015

Mesothelioma sufferers’ compensation receives £54,000 boost

Asbestos-related cancer suffers are to receive up to £54,000 extra thanks to new compensation rules brought in on the 10th of February 2015.

Mesothelioma sufferers’ compensation receives £54,000 boost

New rules for the government’s Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme will see compensation rise up from the current 80% to match 100% of average civil claims, which could mean an increase of up to £54,000 a person.

Those diagnosed with asbestos-related mesothelioma as of February 10th 2015 will benefit from the payment increases.

Over £19 million has already been paid out in the first 10 months of the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme. Hundreds of diffuse mesothelioma sufferers unable to claim compensation as their employer or employer’s liability insurer is untraceable have already been helped.

Work and Pensions Minister, Lord Freud said:

“For years, many victims of this truly terrible disease have been failed by successive governments and the insurance industry. With this scheme we are continuing to help the many victims and families that mesothelioma has left without financial support.

From today we are raising compensation payments to 100% of average civil claims. It is partly thanks to the success of the insurance industry in tracing liable insurers and employers that we are able to make these changes as part of our on-going commitment to support mesothelioma sufferers.” Read more

RSPH Level 3 Analysts (AIR) course

Due to popular demand, we are putting on an Analysts (AIR) course at ARCA Training Centre, Rayleigh in Essex.

This course is equivalent to BOHS P403, P404 and covers both fibre counting and 4-stage reoccupation tests. We also guarantee a turn round time on the certificates of 10 working days. If your candidate does not meet the assessment criteria, detailed feedback is given by the assessment team to help with further revision.

Book now as there are limited spaces left.

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Suffolk Firm Fined £10,000 for Illegal Asbestos

A Suffolk building firm has been fined £10,000 after removing asbestos insulation board without a licence and failing to protect its workers from falls of up to four metres at a farm building in Waltham, Essex. Fine

Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was alerted by a member of the public concerned that unsafe work was commencing at the farm building.
Despite telling the farm owner it held the necessary approvals, the HSE’s investigation found LJW Cladding Ltd was operating without a licence permitting them to remove asbestos.

In addition to this, none of the workers were trained to work with licensed asbestos and were also placed in danger of falling from height while removing the asbestos boards.
HSE found that the work, carried out between 26 and 28 February 2014, was significantly lacking in safety measures. Asbestos insulating boards were broken from their fixings with insufficient attempts to prevent the uncontrolled release of fibres. There was no use of an enclosure and the respiratory protective equipment provided to workers offered inadequate protection. Read more

RSPH Level 3 Surveying Course

Due to demand, we are running an additional surveying course at ARCA Training Centre in Rayleigh, Essex from 7th to 9th April.

There are only a few places left so book as soon as possible.

We can guarantee a turn round time on the certificate of 10 working days and detailed feedback to all candidates who do not meet the assessment criteria.

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Supreme Court overrule Asbestos NHS costs laws

Firms in Wales whose staff are treated for asbestos-related illnesses will not be required to reimburse the NHS.

AsbestosThe Supreme Court was asked to settle the matter after the insurance industry challenged the assembly’s right to pass legislation on the issue in 2013.

The Supreme Court agreed with insurers who claimed an assembly law passed in 2013 was outside its competence.

The court said Welsh ministers had no right to impose charges to fund the NHS, and insurers should not be given extra liabilities for asbestos exposure which long predated the bill.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) welcomed the judgement.

“The Welsh Bill would have seen increased insurance premiums for Welsh businesses but no extra compensation for mesothelioma sufferers,” said a spokesperson.

“The insurance industry remains committed to doing all it can to help the victims of this terrible disease and would be happy to work constructively with the Welsh Government on this issue, as it does on other public policy.” Read more