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December 10, 2018

‘Asbestos in our schools is a local and national scandal’

‘Asbestos in our schools is a local and national scandal’

Asbestoes warning sign

Asbestoes warning sign

  • At least 570 schools in central Lancashire contain asbestos

  • The National Union of Teachers has been running a major campaign to tackle the problem

  • Preston and Lancaster have the highest number of schools known to contain asbestos

At least 570 of the county’s 617 schools contain asbestos, the bulk of them in Preston, Chorley and South Ribble, according to data released following a Freedom of Information request.

The National Union of Teachers has been running a major campaign for more than a year to try to tackle the problem in the county and today national and county health and safety officer Ian Watkinson branded the figures “a scandal on a local and national scale”.

Asbestos sign
Asbestos sign

He said: “We have been campaigning about this on both national and local level.

“It is so important. Parents don’t know, nor do teachers, and most of it is much of it is not being managed properly.”

“Children, teachers and other school workers are being needlessly exposed to deadly asbestos fibres on a daily basis.”

Information held by the county council shows the highest number of schools known to contain asbestos are in Preston and Lancaster, which each have 66.

Children, teachers and other school workers are being needlessly exposed to deadly asbestos fibres on a daily basis.

Ian Watkinson

There are 50 in Chorley, 40 in South Ribble, 52 in West Lancs and 22 in the Ribble Valley.

The county abides by national policy which means leaving asbestos in situ unless it becomes a problem.

Between September 2010 and February 2011 the county council paid out £421,322 in compensation and £63,500 in legal costs.

Latest available figures, up to November 2013, show that five other claims are still outgoing.

Ian Watkinson
Ian Watkinson

The NUT said lives are being put at risk and Ian Watkinson said the teaching unions were working together and calling for urgent action by the government.

The county said it was unable to specify how many incidents there had been involving the repair or removal of asbestos in recent years but said:

However, when asbestos is disturbed or deteriorates it becomes extremely unsafe and inhaling the dust and fibres can lead to serious illness decades later.

County Coun Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “As in all other councils around the country, most of Lancashire’s older schools contain some asbestos.

“Where it occurs, it is inspected regularly and does not represent any threat to staff, children or young people.

“As long as it is in good condition, well-sealed and not disturbed then it is far safer to leave it well alone.

“Our qualified asbestos surveyors inspect asbestos-containing materials at least once a year and sometimes more often depending on risk.

“We deal with any concerns immediately, although between inspections we do rely on schools telling us if they have noticed anything amiss, or if they have brought in their own workmen.

“If schools are undergoing building work or renovation, then an additional survey is carried out to identify the presence of any asbestos. If necessary, removal is carried out by a specialist firm.”

Following a national campaign by teaching unions the Government last week published the findings of its review of asbestos policy in schools,calling for better training and guidance.

It was described as “a step in the right direction, but no more.”




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Asbestos at federal building was a surprise to electrician

Ottawa electrician Denis Lapointe says he was exposed to asbestos and other toxins at work for 16 years, and only recently learned the full extent of his potential exposure after filing access to information requests.

The 54-year-old licensed electrician and former public servant had a right to know he was working around hazardous substances.

Now he wonders how many other workers at the Canada Revenue Agency buildings at 875 Heron Rd. may have been inadvertently exposed to asbestos.

Lapointe worked for the CRA from 1992 to 2008 and over that time, the Heron Road taxation facility accommodated thousands of workers.

His job involved drilling and pulling wires through walls, floors and ceilings. He says since he didn’t know he could be disturbing asbestos all those years — his fellow workers wouldn’t have known either.

“I was exposed and I wasn’t properly protected, and here I was walking through this place, using air hoses and whatnot and blowing it to other people, so I have a conscience…That eats me up,” says Lapointe.

Lapointe has obtained documents that show the asbestos contamination was and continues to be present on all floors of the building where he worked. Lapointe says he had to get the reports through access to information requests.

Denis St. Jean, the national health and safety officer for the Public Service Alliance of Canada, says Lapointe should have been informed of the dangers in his workplace.

“Since 1986 the Canada Labour Code applies. There should have been at least some risk assessments on whether or not these buildings have asbestos containing materials … so they can have readily available that information for their workers,” St. Jean says.

A 2014 consultant's report found the CRA building at 875 Heron Rd. would need to remove asbestos containing materials and debris in order to comply with federal regulations. (Julie Ireton/CBC)A 2014 consultant’s report found the CRA building at 875 Heron Rd. would need to remove asbestos containing materials …Poll question

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Years of asbestos reports

Decades of asbestos assessment reports for 875 Heron Rd. show contamination in certain areas that would be of concern to tradespeople or maintenance workers.

A consultant’s report from October 2014 reads: “Based on the findings of the reassessment, the facility is not in compliance. In order to bring the subject facility into compliance with applicable regulations, GEC [the consultant] recommends repair and or removal of damaged ACMs [asbestos containing materials] as well as asbestos-containing debris.”

It is not clear what policy or code the building does not comply with.

Public Works and Government Services Canada owns the building.

In a statement, the department says it “proceeds regularly with assessments of all building conditions including asbestos-containing materials. This report pertaining to 875 Heron Rd. is part of our regular due diligence, to ensure that the building conditions comply with all codes and regulations.”

The department says there are only small amounts of asbestos in remote areas of the building. But as a tradesperson, Lapointe assesses it differently.

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“It’s everywhere. It lines all kinds of piping, it lines ventilation piping, it’s in plaster, it’s in grout that finishes the walls, it’s in the cement where you’re chipping, and the tiles. It’s identified everywhere,” he says.

Bob Kingston, a health and safety expert and national president of the Agriculture Union, a component of the country’s biggest public service union, says the federal government is too often allowed to get away with safety breaches.

“In the federal public service they just say we’re working on it and that’s good enough. They come back every year, and as long as they have some report saying they’re working on it everything is fine,” Kingston says.

Lapointe sent for health testing in 1998

For years, Lapointe, a non-smoker, has suffered from poor health and breathing problems, although he has not been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease. He’s been searching for answers from his former employer – CRA – as well as other departments, including Public Works and Health Canada.

He’s trying to figure out what he was exposed to in the workplace and what could be making him sick. He knows the latency for asbestos-related disease can be 10 to 40 years.

During Lapointe’s sleuthing, he says he discovered correspondence showing his employer knew he’d potentially been exposed to asbestos as far back as 1998, when he and three other electricians were sent for chest X-rays and pulmonary tests.

The letter from CRA to Health Canada reads: “There is a possibility that in performing their duties over the past few years that one or all of them could have been inadvertently exposed to asbestos-containing material.”

Lapointe says he wasn’t told about the potential asbestos exposure. He thought he was tested because of chemical exposure in the building.

Denis Lapointe filed access to information requests to try to find out what he might have been exposed to in the workplace, which may have led to health problems. (Julie Ireton/CBC)Denis Lapointe filed access to information requests to try to find out what he might have been exposed to in the …“What other reason would there have been? I can’t say what I thought then because I really didn’t know. Just the fact I wasn’t being provided [the information] is a pretty good start that I wasn’t supposed to know.”

Lapointe says he was never given the results of those medical tests, but documents he’s received show he was diagnosed with pulmonary restrictions on several occasions. The testing stopped in 2004 without explanation, he says.

“They never told me there was any concerns,” he says.

Labour Canada now investigating

Lapointe’s concerns about the building and his health issues have now led to an investigation by the federal Labour Department.

A health and safety officer is now looking into asbestos, air quality and other potential safety issues. Lapointe and two other workers filed joint grievances detailing their health concerns and took their issues to the Public Service Labour Relations Board.

Occupational health and safety specialist Laura Lozanski says in her experience there’s a lack of enforcement and political will when it comes to protecting workers.

The former nurse who oversees occupational health for the Canadian Association of University Teachers says this case raises serious issues.

“Workers have the right to go into a workplace and expect their workplace to be safe. That’s the law,” she says.

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NBN workers.

NBN workers.

AS copper services wind down in parts of the Kiama area, the union representing National Broadband Network technicians is calling for the rejection of the Commission of Audit’s recommendation to axe the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency.

CEPU NSW assistant secretary Shane Murphy said asbestos had a long and damaging history in Australia, and the recent rollout of the NBN had once again resulted in asbestos exposure affecting workers and residents.

He said the abolition of the only federal government body addressing asbestos safety will risk deadly exposure for workers and the community.

“The CEPU NSW is joining asbestos support groups, lawyers, concerned community members and other unions in urging/demanding the federal government to guarantee long-term funding for the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency,” Mr Murphy said.

“It is vital for a co-ordinated, whole-of-government approach to maintain safeguards for workers and the community.

“Only last year, all work was temporarily stopped in pits and pipelines for the NBN when contractors disturbed asbestos while laying cable in western Sydney.

“This illustrates the ticking time bomb of asbestos out in the community, the continued danger it poses and the very real need for the safety agency.

“The independent safety agency is responsible for implementing a national action plan on asbestos safety and eradication, and was tasked with creating and maintaining Australia’s first National Asbestos Exposure Register.

“The future of these two important safeguards is under threat if the agency is abolished.”

May 23 marked a milestone for the NBN, as copper services begin winding down in parts of the Kiama area.

The NBN has begun replacing most existing landline home and business phones, ADSL internet and Telstra cable internet services in those parts of Kiama, which were scheduled to be officially switched off from May 23.

An NBN Co spokesperson said ensuring the safety of communities and people working on the NBN was “the most important job we have”.

“Every employee of NBN Co has a responsibility to drive the highest standards of safety.”

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Asbestos train plan premature: union

KiwiRail’s plans to redeploy locomotives containing asbestos are premature, the rail union says.

The rail company’s 40 DL locomotives were pulled from the tracks last month after asbestos was found in a soundproofing compound.

KiwiRail has been undertaking testing on the locomotives and says it is confident the risk of exposure to airborne asbestos in its DL locomotives is minimal.

The company says seven of the 204 samples showed a very small presence of non-respirable asbestos in five locomotives.

Testing confirmed no presence of any asbestos dust in the remaining 34 locomotives in the operating fleet.

KiwiRail says the tests enable the progressive reintroduction of the locomotives to service.

But the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) says there is still more information needed before the locomotives are returned.

The union wants to know how long it will take before the locomotives start releasing airborne fibres and says testing must be carried out proactively in the future.

It also wants to compare the results of the tests to work out why some were negative and others positive.

RMTU is meeting with KiwiRail on Tuesday.

“KiwiRail’s statement yesterday was presumptive as we are meeting with the company today and Wednesday to discuss whether or not the locomotives will be returned to service and operated by our members,” union general secretary Wayne Butson said.

The state-owned rail company earlier said the use of asbestos was a breach of contractual specifications for the design and manufacture of the locomotives.

KiwiRail says it won’t return locomotives until the company is satisfied there is no risk to staff.

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Propane loans, asbestos lawsuits on legislative agenda

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The Wisconsin State Senate is in session Tuesday and taking up issues like asbestos lawsuits and propane loans.

Senate to vote on bill affecting asbestos lawsuits

The Wisconsin state Senate plans to vote on a bill opponents say would slow asbestos-exposure lawsuits.

The measure up for a vote Tuesday would require plaintiffs to reveal how many businesses their attorneys plan to go after. Republican supporters say such a move would prevent lawyers from hiding multiple claims in hopes of maximizing awards.

But opponents, including veterans exposed to asbestos during their service, say the measure is designed to slow cases down in the hopes plaintiffs will die and protect corporations from making payouts.

The Assembly passed the bill last year. If it clears the Senate, it would then head to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.

Wisconsin Senate to vote on propane loan program

The Wisconsin Senate is ready to put the finishing touches on a bill that would create a new loan program to offset high propane prices.

The measure calls for the state to guarantee up to $2,500 in loans to purchase propane or other heating supplies and pay down interest. The borrower’s household income couldn’t exceed 200 percent of their county median household income, however.

The Assembly overwhelmingly approved the bill last month. The Senate is set to take it up Tuesday. Approval would send the bill on to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

Wisconsin and other Midwestern states have been grappling with a propane shortage spurred by the cold winter, a temporary pipeline closure and heavy propane demand for drying grain last fall.

Wisconsin Senate to vote on driver liability bill

The Wisconsin Senate is scheduled to take up a bill that would limit parents’ liability for young drivers.

Right now children under 18 need a parent or other adult sponsor to sign and verify their driver’s license application. That makes the parents or sponsors liable for the driver’s negligence or willful misconduct. Republican Sen. Glenn Grothman’s bill would limit that liability to a total of $300,000.

The Senate’s judiciary committee, which Grothman chairs, approved the bill on a 3-2 vote last month. The Senate is set to vote on it Tuesday afternoon. Approval would send the bill to the Assembly.

Senate votes to change Milwaukee mental health

The Wisconsin state Senate has approved a bill that would take control of the troubled Milwaukee mental health complex away from the county board and give it to a group of medical professionals, patients and family members.

The bipartisan proposal passed unanimously Tuesday comes after six patients died at the facility in 2012.

Opponents to the bill, including the union that represents nurses and workers at the complex, say control should not be taken away from elected local officials on the Milwaukee County Board.

In addition to creating the new board to run the facility, the bill would also require an extensive audit be done by Dec. 1 that would consider whether the state should take over operations.

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Asbestos danger fears at half of Bradford district's schools

Asbestos danger fears at half of Bradford district’s schools

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The former Tong High School in Bradford where Graham Butterfield taught before dying after being exposed to asbestos fibres

The former Tong High School in Bradford where Graham Butterfield taught before dying after being exposed to asbestos fibres

Almost half of Bradford Council schools still contain potentially-deadly asbestos, new figures reveal.

And a teaching union fears that with more schools moving out of local authority control to become academies, efforts to prevent staff and pupils from possible harm could be diluted.

The Council has stressed that it keeps a close watch on the management of asbestos in its school buildings but the National Union of Teachers has warned that when schools become academies, there is a risk of losing track of that vital information.

The UK Asbestos Training Association has also stressed that it is essential that both school staff and any builders carrying out work on them make sure they know where asbestos is located.

The association claims that 75 per cent of schools in the country still contain asbestos, although in Bradford that figure is lower, with 96 out of 205 Council schools still containing the material.

Asbestos is commonly found in ceiling tiles, heating systems and wall coverings and can become dangerous when it is damaged as potentially deadly fibres are then exposed.

A spokesman for UKATA said: “More than 140 teachers have died from mesothelioma (a cancer caused by asbestos exposure) in the last ten years, plus an unknown number of cleaners, dinner ladies and in some cases workers who have unwittingly taken on the job of removal without adequate training.

“Teachers need to think twice before fixing work to walls in such a way that would disturb asbestos and builders need to ensure they have the training and skills necessary to remove and dispose of the material safely.”

Ian Murch, Bradford national executive member for the National Union of Teachers, said: “Teachers in Bradford have died of mesothelioma, and families have been compensated on the basis that the exposure happened in the schools they worked in.

“It is not just an issue for teachers, it is an issue for pupils, because they are far more vulnerable when they are young.

“As with anything these days, there is the issue of having the money to remove it, but it needs to be managed. It can just mean keeping good records of where it is and making sure you don’t disturb it.

“With the number of academies that are no longer under council control, it is going to be harder to keep track of where asbestos is.

“Teachers, staff and pupils need to know where asbestos is – it is absolutely vital a record is kept.”

Councillor Ralph Berry, the executive member for education on Bradford Council, said that many schools containing asbestos had been closed or replaced, and that others were being closely monitored.

He said: “It can be kept safe if it is properly dealt with if we keep a close watch on it. It is a responsibility we as a Council take very carefully.”

On the NUT’s fear that academy schools are out of Council control, he added: “That is a very good point. That is one of the problems when you fragment the system, it makes it harder to maintain levels of security. I can understand the point the union is making and I agree with it.”

In recent years two former teachers in Bradford have died due to their exposure to asbestos while teaching.

Graham Butterfield, who taught at the former Hutton Middle and Tong schools between 1967 and 1996, died aged 64 in early 2011, and an inquest into his death found that exposure to the fibres had led to him developing mesothelioma.

Following the inquest his widow, Marilyn, of Idle, Bradford, said: “I cannot believe that he was exposed to this dust in a teaching environment which should be a safe place for our children to learn.”

Graham Webber, of Heaton, Bradford, a former teacher at Daisy Hill Middle School, died aged 57 in 2010 and a subsequent inquest also ruled that his death was by industrial disease caused by asbestos.

l Tong School in Westgate Hill has since been demolished and rebuilt.

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Transport union wants the NSW government to guarantee Waratah trains are asbestos free

Transport authorities say they are satisfied there has been no asbestos used in the production of Sydney’s Waratah trains after union concerns the deadly dust could be present.The ABC’s 7.30 program has revealed asbestos has been found in 10 heavy haul trains brought in from China despite certification showing that they were free of the substance, which is banned in Australia.The Rail Tram and Bus Union is calling on the New South Wales Government to guarantee that Sydney’s Waratah train fleet does not contain asbestos.The Union’s Bob Nanva says the Waratah fleet is partly sourced from China, and his organisation has no confidence that any component that is manufactured there and imported here is asbestos free.He is calling for an audit of the fleet if the state government cannot say with certainty the Waratah trains are asbestos free.”And if they can’t do so and can’t give the public that assurance then we will be asking for a full audit of these trains,” he said.”To ensure there aren’t any asbestos components buried deep away potentially putting the public and workers at risk.”A statement from Transport for New South Wales says it is satisfied there is no asbestos in the fleet, and has inspectors based in China to verify that no prohibited materials are used in the production process.

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EPMU calls for tighter rules on asbestos

Christchurch rebuild workers and their families should not be put at risk of serious illness due to exposure to asbestos, says EPMU Construction, the union for construction workers.

The union welcomes charges brought by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment against Canterbury District Health Board and Exterior Building Care Goleman Limited under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992.

It is alleged they allowed workers to be exposed to asbestos at Christchurch Hospital.

But more needs to be done to ensure people are healthy and safe at work.

“Asbestos is a significant hazard, and no one should be exposed to it without proper training and precautions,” says Ron Angel, EPMU Construction industry organiser. “Yet we see cases like this where employers just don’t take it seriously.

“One group which is particularly at risk is Pasifika and Filipino migrant workers, who we’re asking to come here and help us but may send home with chronic illnesses which could be avoided. That’s not right.

“The government can do more to make sure workers and their families aren’t put at risk as we rebuild Christchurch. We want politicians and employers to treat every home and workplace like their own.”

EPMU Construction is calling on the government to:

– create a register of sites in Christchurch where asbestos has been identified

– ban the importation of asbestos-containing products

– create a national plan to eliminate asbestos from the built environment by 2030.

The two companies who have been charged are expected to appear in court next year.

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Increasing use of asbestos in Asia

According to the World Health Organization, about 100,000 workers die annually from asbestos-related diseases out of 125 million people who are exposed to asbestos in the workplace.

What is of special concern to us is that based on a survey by the US Geological Survey, the use of asbestos is on the rise in the construction industry in Asia and the Middle East. With the ongoing construction boom in the Philippines, it is a vital concern for many of us, just how much asbestos is being installed in our buildings and homes.

Our construction workers are particularly susceptible to the dangers of being exposed to asbestos. Many of them work in substandard conditions with no protective masks or goggles or training. When they get sick, they do not get company or government benefits.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a substance that was once considered a “miracle mineral” when it was used in the building industry in the 1800s.

At that time, asbestos was found to be readily available and inexpensive making it an ideal substance for household construction offering many benefits with no drawbacks. It was very effective for thermal insulation, acoustic and moisture control, a nd it made cement strong. It was mixed into paints, adhesives, clay, metal ware and even appliances.  It filled many needs in various ways.

Why is asbestos harmful?

Inhaling asbestos fibers increases the risk of developing lung-cancer-causing asbestosis or scarring of the lungs. This may lead to the development of mesothelioma, a rare cancer that afflicts people exposed to asbestos.  It can develop decades after the asbestos exposure.

This is what happened to the emergency service workers during the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York on 9/11 when more than 1,000 tons of asbestos were released into the air. The unusually high death rate of emergency service workers from cancer since the disaster is linked to their inhalation of asbestos and other toxic elements.

Ban asbestos campaign

Almost 20 years ago, a global campaign was launched to ban asbestos. It addressed marketing campaigns, availability of safer substitutes, the need to protect workers and end-users from asbestos exposure and the rights of those affected by asbestos-related injuries.

The European Union, Australia, Japan, South Korea and other countries have outlawed it, according to International Ban Asbestos Secretariat. Several countries including Japan and South Korea banned asbestos after they saw the number deaths rise. Despite the ban, asbestos continues to be a part of the construction and manufacturing industries.

Some sectors are saying that if one follows the proper procedures, the health effects are trivial, if any. However the WHO says that all forms of asbestos are carcinogenic and potentially fatal, depending on exposure.

What to do about it

If your house was built in the 1970s, chances are that it may contain asbestos. If you have asbestos in your house that is in good condition, the best thing to do is to leave it alone. Avoid disturbing the asbestos material if you have to do any renovation works. Material in good condition will not release asbestos fibers.

Look for signs of wear or damage like cracks, abrasions or water damage. Material that is disturbed by hitting, rubbing or handling may release asbestos fibers.

Prevent or limit access to the area to prevent touching or disturbing it.

If asbestos is found in your house, seal the material by treating it with a sealant that binds the asbestos fibers together so that no fibers are released.  This is done by asbestos professionals.

Another way is to cover the asbestos by a stable material to prevent release of fibers.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, some products that may contain asbestos are cement pipes, vinyl sheet flooring, acoustical plaster, ceiling tiles and lay-in panels, textured paints and coatings, spray-applied insulation, fire-proofing materials, laboratory gloves, fire blankets, elevator brake shoes, air-conditioning duct insulation and wall coverings.

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The widow of a former Merchant Navy worker who died of an asbestos-related disease is appealing to his former colleagues to get in touch as she launches a battle for justice.

Oslo Schive from Dartford died of mesothelioma, a cancer on the lining of the lungs caused by inhaling deadly asbestos dust, aged 74 in December 2011.

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    Oslo Schive died from mesothelioma

His devastated wife Mary is now working with asbestos experts at law firm Irwin Mitchell to appeal to his former colleagues to come forward as they may have vital evidence about his exposure to the deadly dust.

Before his death, the father-of-two, who was born in Cape Town South Africa, but lived in Dartford most of his life, remembered being exposed to asbestos when he worked as a kitchen assistant after joining the Merchant Navy in 1960.

He worked onboard the ‘Carnarvon Castle’, a steam ship owned by the Union Castle Line and he could remember there being asbestos in the engine and boiler rooms as well as pipes that were lagged with the material which was used for fireproofing.

Helen Ashton, a partner and industrial illness expert at Irwin Mitchell’s London office representing Mrs Shive, said: “Oslo’s family have been devastated by their loss and are appealing for anyone who worked on board the Carnarvon Castle, particularly when it sailed from Southampton to Capetown between March 1960 and January 1961, as we believe they may have vital information that could help with Mrs Shive’s legal claim.

“Mesothelioma is an industrial illness for which there is sadly no cure. Employers have been well aware of the dangers of exposing workers to asbestos since the 1950s and 60s so there was no excuse for not protecting them from this deadly dust.”

Mr Schive, who left the navy in 1966, was referred for a chest X-ray at the Medway Maritime Hospital in March 2011 after suffering symptoms of breathlessness. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma shortly after and sadly passed away on December 7 that year.

His wife said: “When we were told Oslo’s diagnosis we were absolutely devastated and struggled to accept that something he had been exposed to so long ago, through no fault of his own, had caused him to be terminally ill.

“He tried to fight the illness but it was too aggressive and there was nothing that could be done for him.

“We just hope that anyone who remembers working with Oslo or worked onboard the Carnarvon Castle in the early 1960s gets in touch as any information, no matter how small, could help us in our battle for justice.”

Anyone who thinks they can help is asked to contact Helen Ashton or Nicole Stringfellow at Irwin Mitchell on 0870 1500 100 or email helen.ashton@irwinmitchell.com or Nicole.stringfellow@irwinmitchell.com

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