It has been claimed recently that thousand of files of asbestos victims in the UK have been destroyed, and this could lead to many people that are suffering from asbestos related cancer and similar diseases being unable to get the compensation to which they are entitled, due to the destruction of vital evidence and documentation.

The report claims that the Health and Safety Executive, which is the agency that licences asbestos work, is continuing to destroy the files. An official from the HSE said: “Paper documents are retained for nine years and electronic ones for seven years.”

One teacher spoke about how she was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year, and needed to find out whether it was work related. She said that she was outraged to find out that the files had been destroyed. The HSE has previously stated that ”our mission is to prevent death, injury and ill health in Great Britain’s workplaces.”

The teacher that was diagnosed with the cancer said: “I can’t establish if licensed or unlicensed asbestos contractors were involved. All this means that the taxpayer is going to have to pick up the bill for compensation rather than the insurance companies. This is extremely stressful and it must be absolutely terrible for families trying to deal with this and look after people much sicker than me.”

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