For many, asbestos is a material largely connected with cities. It could be associated with these locations as it was extensively used in several industries which were traditionally found in highly populated areas, such as manufacturing and shipbuilding.
Furthermore, the construction industry also widely utilised this substance. In fact, asbestos can still be found in buildings which were erected or renovated before the start of the 21st century.
Perhaps it is no surprise that asbestos is largely associated with towns and cities. However, it can also be found in rural areas.
Asbestos in agriculture
Before legislation came into effect, which prohibited individuals from using, supplying, or importing asbestos, this material was incorporated into many construction projects. As it possessed a number of benefits and was usually relatively inexpensive, as well as easily available, numerous farmers would have used this substance in order to complete several different building tasks.
In fact, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) claims asbestos-containing materials will be present in most farms. Moreover, some sources state asbestos cement has previously been incorporated into more than 50,000 agricultural buildings.
As well as this, many farms could have also used asbestos in a number of different areas. For example, these might include:
- The brakes of older vehicles, such as tractors
- Floor tiles
- Textured paint
- Roof sheets
- Spray-on insulation
Although individuals who own farms have a responsibility, under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, to survey their agricultural properties for the presence of asbestos and provide details relating to this material's condition, the HSE has suggested that many farmers pay little mind to health and safety laws.
Therefore, many agricultural properties could still contain asbestos – and some employers might not have implemented suitable procedures to prevent individuals from coming into contact with this dangerous substance.
Although it is largely harmless in its solid form, it can become hazardous when damaged or disturbed. When this occurs, asbestos might release fibres into the air which can eventually cause conditions such as mesothelioma if inhaled. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer which usually claims the life of the sufferer within three years of being diagnosed.
If you have developed an asbestos-related disease after being exposed to this dangerous substance in agriculture, you might be entitled to claim compensation through one of our cancer, asbestosis, or mesothelioma lawyers.
Contacting a mesothelioma lawyer
If you have suffered adverse effects after coming into contact with this material, you might be entitled to receive asbestos compensation through Seth Lovis & Co. Our specialist law firm, based in London, has helped numerous individuals obtain damages for their conditions – and you might be able to benefit as well.
For more information, please call our department today on 0808 252 0678 or complete an online enquiry form.