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Jonathan Duncan

Hearing Loss – an occupational health hazard

03 October 2018

Whilst hearing loss is often seen as an inevitable consequence of ageing, and usually merits no more than a cursory “I’m going deaf”, it should always be remembered that hearing problems can be embarrassing and cause considerable difficulties in performing day to day tasks for those affected. Read More


Jonathan Duncan

The Stubborn Persistence of Asbestos Disease

19 April 2018

With today’s Health & Safety Standards, it is difficult to envisage a period when manual workers were exposed to asbestos on a daily basis without any precautions whatsoever. However, this was the reality faced by many workers and it should always be remembered that the dreadful conditions were entirely contrary to laws already in place at the time. Most definitely not “Health & Safety gone mad”. Read More


Jonathan Duncan

Mesothelioma – a toxic legacy

02 June 2017

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) and many other charities throughout the UK devote considerable time raising awareness of the terminal asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma. This is an extremely aggressive cancer primarily caused by exposure to asbestos fibres and usually affects the lining of the lung, although can also affect the lining of the abdomen. Symptoms usually manifest some 20 – 40 years after the initial exposure to asbestos. Read More


Jonathan Duncan

Asbestos-exposed workers still owed compensation

06 July 2016

The words “Steve McQueen” conjure up images of the glamorous actor at work and play. What is perhaps less well known is that his death at the young age of 50 was as a result of the terminal asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma, a particularly aggressive form of cancer primarily caused by exposure to asbestos fibres. Symptoms usually manifest some 20 – 40 years after the exposure and it is possible that Mr McQueen was exposed to asbestos whilst serving in the US Marines as a young man aboard various military ships where he recalled removing asbestos lagging from pipes. Read More


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