In the past many workers did their jobs in areas that were full of asbestos in one way or another. Asbestos was touted as a miracle substance that was ideal for use in various ways. As such it was present in lots of buildings, and indeed it is still present in many buildings today. While it is incredibly dangerous if you are exposed to the asbestos fibres and inhale them, it can sometimes be safer to keep the asbestos in place if it is undamaged.
Anyone working with asbestos should do so under strict conditions. There are rules and regulations in force today to protect the health and well-being of anyone who is working with this material. This holds true regardless of whether they are removing it or working in a building where it is present. If negligent asbestos precautions are in place and workers are not protected, it could provide an opportunity to make a compensation claim as a result of exposure.
How dangerous is it to be exposed to asbestos?
If you were to inhale the fibres they could get stuck in your lungs. There is no way of coughing them up or getting rid of them, so they stay there. Years later they could develop into a form of cancer known as mesothelioma, for which there is no cure.
Clearly negligent asbestos precautions can put the lives of workers in danger. Now we know how dangerous asbestos can be, it is essential that all employers take every conceivable precaution to ensure their workers are safe whenever working near or with it.
Obviously if you can limit exposure to the asbestos this would be the best way to proceed. Specialist companies exist that can handle the material in all manner of conditions. They can provide a risk assessment to determine if the asbestos should be removed or whether it can be kept in place and monitored. Sometimes it is more dangerous to remove it than to keep it where it is, if no one is exposed to it and it is not breaking down, which causes the fibres to come free.
If you have been exposed to asbestos and you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result, call us at Accident Advice Helpline now. Our number is free on 0800 689 0500 and it will put you through to an experienced advisor who will be able to assist you.