Although not considered to be an accident in the workplace, exposure to asbestos still claims around 5,000 lives each year in the UK, with 20 tradesman a week thought to be affected.
This is because when materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, they can release fibres into the air, and when these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases.
These diseases often take many years to develop, and once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything about them. That’s why it is important that you protect yourself now.
Examples of diseases caused by asbestos
Causing progressive shortness of breath, Asbestosis is a serious scarring of the lung that usually occurs after heavy exposure to asbestos over many years and often in the workplace.
- Lung Cancer
Similar to cancers caused by smoking, it is estimated that there is around one lung cancer case caused by asbestos for every mesothelioma death in the UK alone. Exposure to asbestos in the workplace is often the main cause of such forms of lung cancer
- Pleural Plaques
These are benign growths that rarely produce symptoms and are unrelated to the appearance of scar tissue. They produce discrete patches of thickening of the lining of the chest wall and diaphragms that surround the lungs, making breathing extremely difficult.
Almost exclusively related to asbestos exposure, this is a form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and the lining surrounding the lower digestive tract. Once it has been diagnosed there is usually very little that can be done in terms of treatment.
Have you suffered due to negligence in the workplace?
Your employer has an obligation to make sure you are safe when you are at work and take the appropriate action to limit the chances of work accidents.
If you have suffered due to the negligence of another in the workplace, you may be entitled to make a claim for the injuries you have suffered.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice