You may already be aware of the danger asbestos poses in its many forms. There was a time when asbestos was used in a variety of situations and building projects. However, nowadays asbestos is banned, and must be dealt with in the proper manner if it is found to be present in any existing buildings.
In some instances, people may be required to work in locations where asbestos is present. The general rule tends to be not to remove asbestos if it is in good condition and can remain undisturbed. This generally prevents danger to health. Only licensed contractors may remove asbestos, which means alerting your employer if you find any on-site.
A risk assessment should be performed when asbestos is discovered, to determine whether it is safe to work around it without disturbing it. During this process, many questions will be asked. For example, are workers safe? Should they wear protective equipment? Inhaling asbestos is one of the most dangerous things you can do, and even though you won’t fall ill immediately, you could develop one of several asbestos-related illnesses in years to come.
Your employer has a duty of care to protect you from harm when it comes to asbestos. Similarly, if you work in a school or other building where asbestos is present, your employer has a duty to make sure your health is not put at risk from working near it.
How dangerous is asbestos?
Put simply, some of the diseases caused by exposure to asbestos can be fatal. Very often, people do not fall ill until years have passed since their exposure. However, asbestosis and mesothelioma – both associated with exposure to the substance – can result in a shortened lifespan.
Coming to terms with asbestos exposure and the resulting illnesses it can cause is difficult, to say the least. Many people have made compensation claims following the death of a loved one. Others have made claims while they are still alive, to help them manage more easily in the time they have left. Whatever situation you may be in we would encourage you to contact us at Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500. We may be able to support you with a no win, no fee claim, to get compensated for your illness. No one deserves to go through this experience, especially when they were not protected from it.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead