Before the use, supply and importation of asbestos became banned in 1999, individuals who worked in industries, such as construction, could have regularly used this substance to complete a number of different tasks. Although it was largely regarded as a "miracle material" due to its heat-resistant and insulating properties, asbestos unfortunately poses a substantial health risk.
When damaged or disturbed, asbestos can release fibres into the air. If inhaled, these can lead to a number of conditions, including the often fatal form of lung cancer known as mesothelioma. According to the NHS, approximately 2,000 people in the UK are diagnosed annually with this disease and, sadly, many of these sufferers are likely to die within three years of its detection. In addition, by the year 2050, it has been claimed that 90,000 individuals will have lost their lives due to mesothelioma.
Fortunately, now the dangers of asbestos are well known, the number of individuals exposed to this material should decline. Yet, as asbestos could be present in any property built or refurbished during the 20th Century, it can be argued that more should be done to prevent future generations from suffering the effects of conditions such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.
In 2013, a report published by the European Parliament proposed a measure that could prevent individuals from coming into contact with asbestos fibres. The document recommended that this material should be removed from all European public buildings by the year 2028. At the time, it was reported that out of 754 MEPs, only 51 voted against the proposal, suggesting it could become a reality.
To remove asbestos from European public buildings, the report proposed a number of measures, which included:
- Searching these properties for asbestos. If detected, plans should be put in place to manage or remove the material
- Training relevant professionals to ensure they are qualified to recognise or deal with asbestos
- Implement a system that could allow sufferers of asbestos-related diseases – as well as their families – to claim compensation
- Support groups that specialise in helping those adversely affected by asbestos
If implemented, Europeans could eventually no longer come into contact with asbestos, potentially saving thousands of lives.
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If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis or with mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos, our team of mesothelioma lawyers in London could help you obtain damages. In addition, successful claimants could receive compensation for decreased mobility, potential loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and any associated treatment costs.
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