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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243990.003.0004

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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