Asbestos is a material which was used mainly in the 1960s and 70s in buildings and structures. It was great for buildings because it is a very resilient material and it is known to be fireproof, shockproof and waterproof. However, it has since been a major cause of accident at work claims because it was later discovered that asbestos is highly dangerous if inhaled consistently for an extended amount of time causing much more damage than just a simple work injury.
How does asbestos cause an accident at work injury?
When asbestos particles are inhaled they have very small hooks which attach themselves onto the lining of the person’s lungs. Over time as more and more particles attach themselves the victim has problems breathing as it restricts air flow and causes what is now called asbestosis, which can become fatal, a fate much worse than a simple accident at work claim.
How can asbestosis kill?
The condition itself doesn’t very often kill the patient. However, from the condition other illnesses such as cancer and pleural conditions can occur which are often the main cause of death linked to asbestosis.
How to avoid getting asbestosis and a serious accident at work claim
Sadly asbestosis is not reversible but if you feel that there is any asbestos at work there are several precautions you can take to avoid a work injury.
One thing you need to remember in order to avoid any accidents at work is that asbestos which is not disturbed is not dangerous. There is so much asbestos in buildings and structures but it is only released if moved. If you believe the structure you are working on could contain asbestos make sure you get it professionally tested before doing any works to that area.
If it tests positive get it removed professionally to avoid a serious accident at work claim. Where there is any risk of small amounts of asbestos being present always wear protective clothing and mask to avoid exposure to the particles.
If you have had an accident at work within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to find out more.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice