Asbestos refers to naturally occurring fibrous minerals that are harmful to humans but have been known to be used in ceilings, floor tiles and cement. For example, an electrician could come into contact with asbestos while working due to the fact that was used in insulation for its resistance to fire and heat. Similarly, mechanics are also likely to be exposed while working. Asbestos can cause life-threatening diseases like cancer and respiratory conditions. It is of paramount importance that supervisors in the workplace ensure that employees aren’t exposed to asbestos given the consequences.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we are aware of the hazards posed to some people every day when they go to work and we seek to eradicate unnecessary risks to the health of others. With asbestos, we have an instance where people are being harmed unnecessarily, and not just at work, with one case of a nightclub being fined over asbestos exposure.
Safeguarding your workers from exposure to asbestos
Failure to prevent your employees from exposure to asbestos can result in hefty fines and compensation for victims, due to the serious dangers associated. Considering that exposure to asbestos can result in life-changing diseases and conditions, it is essential that there are signs in areas where there is any risk of exposure to asbestos or other hazardous materials. Eating and drinking must definitely be banned in areas like these as the consequences of consuming tainted food are disastrous.
If workers are exposed to asbestos they need to be checked out by a doctor to ensure that their health is not at risk. You should advise your employees to visit a doctor once a year to see if they are at risk of diseases like mesothelioma developing if they are exposed to asbestos in any way. Take note of the symptoms of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases and go to a doctor right away if you recognise any of them.
Have you developed an illness because of your supervisor’s negligence?
If your supervisor has failed to ensure that you are safe from exposure to asbestos when you go to work and you have suffered injuries or illness as a result, call our 24/7 Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 to start a claim or take a 30-second test on our website. Our personal injury claims specialist operate on a no-win, no-fee basis which means you needn’t worry about hefty legal fees up-front.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice