February 18, 2019

New campaign on asbestos exposure

Construction workers and tradespeople including carpenters and painters could come into contact with asbestos more than 100 times a year, with few knowing whether the deadly dust is in newer buildings, according to a report.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched a new safety campaign amid concerns of confusion on how to combat exposure to asbestos.

With 20 people dying every week from asbestos-related diseases, the HSE revealed some common myths, such as drinking water or opening a window to keep workers safe.

A survey of 500 tradespeople showed that fewer than a third could identify the correct measures for safe asbestos working, while only 15% knew that the dust could still be found in buildings built up to the year 2000.

Fewer than one in five knew that asbestos could be hidden in toilet seats and cisterns.

Health and safety minister Mark Harper said: “The number dying every year from asbestos-related diseases is unacceptably high. Despite being banned in the construction industry, asbestos exposure remains a very serious risk to tradespeople. This safety campaign is about highlighting the risks and easy measures people can take to protect themselves.”

Philip White, HSE’s chief inspector for construction, said: “Asbestos is still a very real danger and the survey findings suggest that the people who come into contact with it regularly often don’t know where it could be and worryingly don’t know how to deal with it correctly, which could put them in harm’s way.

“Our new campaign aims to help tradespeople understand some of the simple steps they can take to stay safe. Our new web app is designed for use on a job so workers can easily identify if they are likely to face danger and can then get straightforward advice to help them do the job safely.”

Steve Murphy, general secretary of construction union Ucatt, said “Construction workers are the greatest risk of being exposed to asbestos. Any campaign that warns workers of the dangers of asbestos is to be welcomed. However the campaign needs to be as wide ranging as possible and should not be confined to one company to distribute information.

“Over the last four and a half years, thousands of workers have been needlessly exposed to asbestos and their health has been put at risk because of that decision”

“It is vital that construction workers receive proper training in the dangers of asbestos, where it is likely to be found and what to do if you suspect asbestosis present. It is essential that pressure is placed on employers to ensure that training takes place and that workers are not victimised or threatened when raising concerns about asbestos, which is often the case.”

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New campaign on asbestos exposure

Asbestos Attorney Recognized by Super Lawyers’ 2014 Edition

Asbestos Attorney Amber Long

Asbestos Attorney Amber Long

NEW YORK, New York (PRWEB) September 30, 2014

Asbestos attorney Amber R. Long, an associate at Levy Konigsberg LLP (“LK”), a nationally-recognized mesothelioma law firm, has been selected to the Super Lawyers 2014 New York Metro Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Amber joined LK in 2006 and, initially, worked in the firm’s national asbestos litigation department. She represented mesothelioma and lung cancer victims in lawsuits filed around the country including in Delaware, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Louisiana. Recently, she has joined the firm’s New York City asbestos litigation department.

Amber takes pride in representing hard working men and women suffering from debilitating and often deadly cancer as a result of their exposure to asbestos. She is highly skilled in all aspects of asbestos litigation from the initial client meeting through trial and appellate practice.

In addition to her asbestos experience, Amber assisted in the litigation of three cases in the Southern District of New York against tobacco companies on behalf of the families of people who began smoking as children, struggled to quit smoking, and eventually died of lung cancer. In the course of this litigation, Amber and LK partner, Jerome Block, obtained multimillion dollar verdicts on behalf of two separate families against Brown & Williamson (successor to American Tobacco Company) (1) and Philip Morris USA, Inc (2).

Amber is a member of several professional associations, including the American Association for Justice, the New York State Bar Association, and the New York City Bar Association. She is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, before the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and for the District of Connecticut, and before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Amber earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Cornell University in 2002. In 2005, she graduated magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School.

Levy Konigsberg LLP has been representing mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer victims for more than 25 years.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

(1) Eileen A. Clinton, on behalf of herself and as administratrix of the estate of William A. Champagne, Jr., vs. Brown & Williamson Holdings, Inc., as successor by merger to American Tobacco Company, and Philip Morris USA Inc., No. 05 Civ. 9907 (CS) (LMS) (S.D.N.Y);

(2) Florence Mulholland, on behalf of herself and as administratrix of the estate of David Mulholland, vs. Philip Morris USA Inc., No. 05 Civ. 9908 (CS) (S.D.N.Y).

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Asbestos Attorney Recognized by Super Lawyers’ 2014 Edition