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    Top 5 dangers of working with asbestos


    If you work with asbestos on a regular basis, or even once in a while, it’s important to be aware of the dangers of working with asbestos. With the right training and protective equipment, there doesn’t need to be a risk to your health, and it is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that you are protected against the risks of asbestos at work. This includes steps such as carrying out a risk assessment before work commences and ensuring awareness of asbestos in the work environment. Here are just a few examples of the dangers of working with asbestos.

    From minor injuries to mesothelioma

    1. Mesothelioma. Breathing in asbestos over a long period of time (for example, asbestos from a roof) can lead to cancer of the mesothelium, a layer of tissue covering the internal organs. There are usually no symptoms in the early stages, so mesothelioma is often not diagnosed until it’s very advanced. For this reason the outlook after diagnosis is generally poor.
    2. Asbestosis. Exposure to asbestos can lead to scarring of the lungs, causing shortness of breath. This can get progressively worse and can be fatal, in severe cases.
    3. Pleural thickening. After heavy asbestos exposure, the lung lining (pleura) can swell and thicken, squeezing the lung and causing chest pains and shortness of breath.
    4. Asbestos-related lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, which can respond to chemotherapy or other treatment, or can be fatal.
    5. Respiratory conditions from low-level asbestos exposure that could lead to an increased risk of lung cancer for smokers.

    How has asbestos exposure impacted you?

    Working with asbestos can have serious consequences, and respiratory conditions or illnesses such as Mesothelioma could make it impossible for you to return to work, depending on your job. In some cases, Asbestosis and Mesothelioma can be fatal, which means your family have to suffer emotional distress as well as financial difficulties. Claiming compensation with Accident Advice Helpline means you’ll be compensated for your pain and suffering as well as any loss of earnings.

    We have been helping people claim personal injury compensation for over 15 years, and you could be next. Just call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 to get confidential, no-obligation advice from our team of expert advisors. Our professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, to help you get the compensation you deserve after you’ve been exposed to asbestos at work.

    Date Published: April 19, 2016

    Author: Paula Beaton

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    Category: Asbestos claims

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