The most common injuries related to asbestos are mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer and asbestosis.
Common injuries related to asbestos
According to the health and safety executive’s annual report on health and safety statistics for 2014/15, current estimates suggest that a minimum of 8,000 British workers die of work-related cancers every year. More than 50 per cent of these cancer deaths were related to asbestos-related lung cancer or mesothelioma.
This report also reveals that in 2013, there were 2,538 deaths resulting from mesothelioma, with similar figures for lung cancer deaths related to asbestos exposure. A total of 217 deaths during this period were attributed to asbestosis.
Other comparatively common injuries related to asbestos
Asbestos exposure has also been linked to other, non-malignant pleural and lung disorders, including:
- Pleural plaques
- Pleural thickening
- Pleural effusions
While there is currently no conclusive evidence to support these claims, some studies have also suggested links between exposure to asbestos and colorectal and gastrointestinal, as well as oesophagus, gallbladder, kidney and throat cancers.
High risk groups
Although people living or working in older buildings that still contain asbestos can be at risk of exposure, construction industry workers are more likely than any other group of people to suffer with these common injuries related to asbestos. Demolition work or renovation of old buildings, for instance, can result in prolonged exposure and subsequent development of asbestos-related industrial diseases. Accidents at work can also cause sudden exposure to massive quantities of asbestos.
Construction companies are required to prevent work accidents and protect workers against potential health hazards. This means when workers are required to work in buildings known to contain asbestos, personal protective equipment has to be provided to minimise exposure and prevent workers becoming victims of common injuries related to asbestos.
Exposed to asbestos
Work-induced illnesses related to asbestos can take years to develop, even after exposure to massive amounts during a construction site accident. For this reason, the three-year time limit for making an industrial injury claim does not commence on the date of the workplace accident as it would with an immediately apparent work injury, but from the date the affected individual is diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition.
If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer or asbestosis, you could be entitled to claim for industrial injury compensation. Get confidential advice and no win no fee* legal representation by calling us, Accident Advice Helpline, on (telephone) 0800 689 0500 or (mobile) 0333 500 0993 now.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown