Asbestos was once hailed as a miracle material. It was cheap and flame retardant. The six different types of the material were versatile and so ended up being used in a number of different industries. So why is asbestos considered dangerous?
What is asbestos?
The name asbestos does not refer to one single material. There are six different types and so it is important for the people removing the material that they are aware of this in order to ensure it is properly removed and disposed of.
- Chysotile: The most common one you will find. It is found in roofs, walls and floors. There is some debate as to whether this type of material is more or less dangerous than other types.
- Amosite: Also known as brown asbestos, it is mainly found in insulation boards. Like other types it can be identified by needle-like fibres.
- Crocidolite: The blue version of this material was often used to due its high heat resistance. It is often found in spray on coatings and cement. Like other forms of the material it is used as insulation material.
- Tremolite: This material did not tend to be used commercially and has been found as a contaminant in paints, sealants and roofing materials.
- Anthophyllite: A grey-brown contaminant found in composite flooring.
- Actinolite: Less flexible than the other materials and therefore not used as often. However, as with other versions of the material, it can be a contaminant in products.
Why is it dangerous?
There is a simple reason why the material is dangerous: exposure to the fibres can result in breathing difficulties and long-term lung conditions.
With over 2000 deaths in the UK 2010 alone it is worth taking very seriously.
The presence of asbestos alone is not necessarily cause for a compensation claim. Where a claim can occur is if a business or property owner has not taken sufficient steps to protect people or remove the material when they had the chance.
If this in turn leads to you or someone in your family being severely affected or killed by exposure then you could get compensation.
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
Seeing someone severely affected by an illness can be very stressful and it is not always easy to know what to do.
In this situation you need someone to talk over the options with you in a calm and sensitive manner.
For over 13 years Accident Advice Helpline has guided people through this process and helped them learn more about their situation and how they can claim compensation.
With our help we can get you money to compensate for lost earnings, medical costs and support for family members if a loved one dies due to the condition.
Contact our 24-hour helpline for more information and to see what we can do for you.