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Magic Mineral to Killer DustTurner & Newall and the Asbestos Hazard$
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Geoffrey Tweedale

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243990

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243990.001.0001

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Compensation for Asbestos Workers

Compensation for Asbestos Workers

(p.69) 4 Compensation for Asbestos Workers
Magic Mineral to Killer Dust

Geoffrey Tweedale

Oxford University Press

The Asbestos Scheme was introduced in 1931. Like the dust and medical regulations, the legislation applied only to ‘scheduled areas’, in other words, the main preparatory and textile processes; the making of insulation slabs and mattresses; the dry sawing and grinding of asbestos articles; and the cleaning of machinery. Workers such as laggers could theoretically claim compensation, but only if they could prove to the Medical Board that they were unfit — a difficult task when the medical scheme excluded them from periodic examination. Despite the limited nature of the Scheme, the official recognition of asbestos manufacture as a ‘dangerous trade’ was very worrying for the Turner & Newall directors. As regards to compensation, Turner & Newall set up its own Asbestosis Fund and made compensation ‘a purely internal question’ for the board.

Keywords:   compensation, Medical Board, asbestos industry, Asbestos Scheme, Turner & Newall, Asbestosis Fund

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