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5 July 2024 | Comment | Article by Anna Burns

Marking Action Mesothelioma Day in Manchester

The Greater Manchester Asbestos Support Group met on 5th July in recognition of Action Mesothelioma Day 2024.

Action Mesothelioma Day is held on the first Friday in July each year and is a day where anyone affected by mesothelioma can join together to raise awareness of this preventable disease.

Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer and is caused by exposure to asbestos, even low-level exposures to asbestos.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which is known for its heat resistant properties and was widely used throughout various different trades because of this. In Manchester in particular, Turner Brothers Asbestos Company manufactured various asbestos products at its site on Trafford Park, supplying products such as asbestos cement sheets which were often used for roof and wall construction in many industrial and agricultural buildings.

During the 1960s the UK was the largest importer of asbestos worldwide, and in light of Manchester’s industrial history, asbestos products were used widely in the various textile factories, electrical and chemical engineering sites as well as within the construction and building industries.

Whilst asbestos was banned completely in the UK in 1999, asbestos is still present in many of our homes, workplaces, schools and hospitals.

It is often thought that asbestos is safe if it isn’t disturbed, however asbestos materials inevitably deteriorate over time, putting a new generation at risk of developing mesothelioma.

The Greater Manchester Asbestos Support Group joined together to remember those who have sadly passed away because of mesothelioma, and also raised awareness of the crisis posed by asbestos continuing to be present within our public buildings.

If you would like any further information, please contact Anna Burns in our Manchester Office on 0161 246 2361 or [email protected]

Author bio

Anna Burns

Senior Associate

Anna Burns is a specialist Asbestos Litigator who has been helping individuals diagnosed with asbestos related illnesses to claim compensation since she qualified as a Solicitor in 2007.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.


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