Council pays £700,000 Asbestos compensation

Asbestos claims lead to council awarding 700k 2684

Compensation claims for Asbestos-related illnesses have resulted in Sheffield Council paying out hundreds of thousands of pounds in damages since 2010.

That is according to figures published by the Sheffield Star, which revealed that the local authority has distributed in excess of £700,000 to former employees who have claimed compensation after being exposed to Asbestos.

The Asbestos compensation settlements occurred between 2010 and April this year, with all instances of Council workers coming into contact with Asbestos happening in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

The last time a Council employee worked with Asbestos was 21 years ago and Laraine Manley, executive director of resources for Sheffield Council, insisted safety practices have improved "significantly" in recent years.

“The Council takes its legal responsibilities for the health and safety of employees, contractors and the public very seriously," the official went on to say.

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23/07/2012 16:35