Although the dangers of asbestos were first noted as early as 1899, it wasn’t until much later that the use of asbestos was finally banned. Because asbestos was once used so widely, it’s still found in many older buildings and vehicles even today, which means that people in many professions are still exposed.
Which professions have the highest risk of asbestos exposure?
Due to its relative affordability, sound absorption, and resistance to heat, fire, and electrical and chemical damage, asbestos was once the most popular mineral used in the construction industry. Unfortunately it was used so widely that almost no profession escaped exposure; it was used widely in the ship-building industry, steelworks, paper mills, and construction. It was even added to paint and protective clothing. Those who ran the biggest risk were those who mined asbestos itself, such as those in the town of Asbestos, Quebec.
Nowadays asbestos has been banned for use in construction, but can still be found in plenty of old buildings and vehicles. Those who still run the highest risk of asbestos exposure are those who work in the construction industry, where the exposure of an old set of pipes or the pulling down of a ceiling or wall could at any time release clouds of carcinogenic asbestos dust. At second highest risk are those who work in shipyards, where the maintenance of older ships or pieces of equipment is often done at risk of asbestos exposure.
The dangers of asbestos
Today it is well-known that regular exposure to asbestos fibres can cause several major lung diseases including lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural plaques, and pleural thickening.
If you believe that you have developed a serious disease after being exposed to asbestos due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. Many thousands of people today have already received substantial sums of compensation after their lives were put in danger by others due to asbestos.
If you’d like to know more, contact Accident Advice Helpline. Our trained advisors will be able to tell you whether or not your claim is likely to be valid, and how much compensation you could receive. All claims are made on a no win, no fee basis, and can usually be completed over the telephone with the minimum of hassle to the claimant.
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