Considering that individuals have been prohibited from using asbestos for years, many people might believe this material is no longer a threat – and feel asbestos-related diseases are a thing of the past.
However, this belief could not be further from the truth. Many properties built or refurbished before the year 2000 still contain asbestos. Consequently, those carrying out construction or renovation work in older homes could still come into contact with this dangerous material.
If an individual disturbs asbestos, they might inhale fibres which can cause serious health problems – such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, or asbestosis. Yet, these conditions will not become apparent immediately after exposure and could take several years or even decades to develop.
Therefore, in order to prevent staff members from being harmed in the future, duty-holders in the building industry should make sure that employees are adequately protected against this dangerous material. Unfortunately, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that almost 4,000 construction workers die annually after being exposed to cancer-causing materials in the workplace – and it appears asbestos is responsible for the majority of these fatalities.
These sufferers were probably exposed years ago, perhaps due to the negligence of their employers. Although adequate safety measures may not have been implemented in the past, many individuals might believe that managers now strive to prevent their staff members from being harmed at work.
Sadly, after inspecting more than 3,000 building sites, the HSE published data in 2012 which revealed that almost 20% of these premises had failed safety checks. Although the researchers admitted this result was a "slight improvement on previous years", this still suggests that numerous employees are at risk of suffering an accident at work – or even asbestos exposure.
However, if you were diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease after being exposed to this material in the workplace, you may be entitled to claim compensation with the help of a specialist Seth Lovis & Co asbestos solicitor.
Asbestos cancer claims
Our team recognises the serious effects of conditions such as mesothelioma, and will strive to ensure that those making asbestos cancer claims receive maximum compensation – not only to improve their lifestyles, but to provide therapy costs and to help them maintain an adequate quality of life.
To find out if you could benefit from the services of Seth Lovis & Co, please call us today on 0370 218 4025 or complete an enquiry form online.