Asbestos was used in floor and ceiling tiles, insulation, roof flashing and shingles, joint compounds and pipe cement in many homes that were built before 1980. Even some newer homes may still contain some asbestos, and it is also possible for vermiculate attic insulation to be contaminated with this harmful substance.
When asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed, fibres become airborne. At this point, asbestos becomes a serious health hazard with the ability to cause serious, potentially fatal illnesses, including:
- Asbestos-related lung cancer
- Pleural thickening
Naturally, this makes it vital to ensure asbestos is dealt with promptly and safely.
Asbestos in the home
Should you discover that there is asbestos in the home, you should have a professional assess the situation to determine whether the damage can be repaired or whether the asbestos will need to be removed. As it is, removal of the materials containing this substance is the best and single permanent solution to asbestos-related problems.
It is equally important to ensure that the repair or removal of asbestos-contaminated materials is carried out by competent professionals with asbestos abatement work certification.
Asbestos at work
Professionals dealing with asbestos should be protected against exposure to the substance and subsequent development of industrial illnesses like those mentioned above by provision of adequate personal protective equipment, training and safe working procedures.
Should your employer fail to provide the necessary equipment and or training in dealing with asbestos and you develop a work-related illness as a result of being exposed to asbestos, you could qualify for work injury compensation. This not only applies to accidents at work, exposing you to sudden vast amounts of this harmful substance, but also to cases of injury by gradual, but prolonged exposure.
General rules of claiming
If you sustain any injury at work or develop an industrial disease because your employer failed to protect your health and safety, you can claim for industrial injury compensation. Claims must be initiated within three years of a work accident occurring or, in the case of work-induced illness, within three years of being diagnosed with the illness in question. This also applies to all other types of workplace accident, repetitive strain injuries and other work related diseases.
Get your claim started by calling Accident Advice Helpline now on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500. Calls to our helpline are free and confidential.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice