Asbestos is a substance harmful to health that may be prevalent in many old buildings and on construction sites. Anyone who may come into contact with this substance must be fully trained, particularly if there is a chance that equipment may cut through it and it could become airborne. Asbestos Awareness courses are available to make workers aware of the risks asbestos can have to health and how to remain safe from these risks by use of correct protective equipment and clothing. Also taught on the course are the correct procedures for cleaning overalls and protective masks after exposure, how to properly dispose of asbestos if working with it and how to avoid the risks associated with asbestos exposure. Putting the procedures into practice if there is a risk of asbestos exposure should ensure that health risks are reduced. However, there is still the potential for an accident to occur with this harmful material, particularly if workers are not fully aware of the risks it has to health.
Health risks of asbestos
When asbestos is cut into, it disperses into the air therefore those in the vicinity of the compound will breathe it in. Asbestos particles stay in the lungs for years which means that it has significant long-term effects on the health of those exposed. Workers in the construction industry do not come across it on a regular basis but, if they do, they must wear protective masks at all times. Lung cancer is the worst thing that can occur but many suffer breathing difficulties and related illnesses. If you have been trained on how to deal with exposure, the risk of health problems is minimised. However, if someone does not follow the training, your health could be at risk. Where there is evidence of negligence, you can make a compensation claim.
Compensation claims for work-related illness
Exposure to asbestos can cause extremely harmful effects to health so, if you have evidence of negligence and have become ill as a result, you can claim for compensation with a solicitor at Accident Advice Helpline. As we operate on a no win, no fee* policy you do not have to pay anything out of your own pocket to begin the claims process. Simply give our free 24-hour helpline a call to speak to an expert about your claim and we will take you through the process. If you have an illness that is someone else’s fault it is your legal right to claim compensation to help with the costs of medical attention or loss of wages.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown