Malta - Court decides on asbestos case - June 30, 2017

The First Hall of the Civil Courts, in its constitutional jurisdiction, said in a landmark verdict that the legislation concerning workers handling asbestos was not sufficient to protect workers and as a result was a breach to their right to life. The case was initiated by a widow whose husband worked as a fitter at the Malta Drydocks and he together with his colleagues was exposed to asbestos for many years. Workers became aware of the danger of asbestos without the support of their employer and the legislation was not strong enough to protect them. There was sufficient evidence that asbestos was dangerous from 1960, but in Malta the authorities took action in the 1990s. The court ordered that the family be given €9,000 in compensation.

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