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Friday November 9 2018

Asbestos cases in the construction industry


Even though there have been many developments in the medical field, many are still dying from the results of working with asbestos all those years ago.



Asbestos cases in the construction industry

Asbestos cases in the construction industry

Asbestos was especially popular in the construction industry from the 1950s through to the mid 1980s because of its costs, fire safety and endurance. During this time asbestos was often used in ceiling tiles and insulation, while construction workers were often not adequately protected from the fibre.

Once asbestos is placed and covered up it won’t cause any person health issues, as the fibre will only become harmful when it is disturbed and becomes airborne.

When asbestos becomes airborne the harmful fibres can be inhaled by workers, causing lifelong damage. This could happen if you were for example drilling, cutting or otherwise breaking materials containing the asbestos fibre, all mundane actions for just about any construction worker working with insulation and other materials.   

This means that unfortunately many construction workers were in those days constantly exposed to these airborne asbestos fibres, often without knowing the damage it was causing them.

Asbestos related illnesses can take years, if not decades, to materialise. This is why even now many people are still being diagnosed with these illnesses. In fact, asbestos deaths and mesothelioma deaths are expected to peak in the period 2018 to 2020, before slowly declining.

Even though there have been many developments in the medical field, many are still dying from the results of working with asbestos all those years ago.

UK workers exposed to asbestos after 1975 can often claim for compensation from their previous employer who exposed them to the harmful fibres, even if that company is no longer in operation. Importantly, many of these claims, such as for example for mesothelioma, can be fast-tracked to offer relatively swift solutions for those suffering.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a natural fibrous rock that has been widely used in the construction industry until 1999.

There are three main types of asbestos; blue asbestos, brown asbestos and white asbestos.

Even though the health effects of asbestos are well known, many countries still have not banned it’s use. This includes the United States. In the US, use of asbestos has been regulated, but not banned. Recently, rules were seemingly further relaxed causing surge in asbestos imports to the US.

Countries that produce the material will applaud the move, however, health experts and action groups have been strongly opposed to the use of asbestos.

Most asbestos used in America is imported from Brazil, however, imports from Russia are set to increase as well.



"Asbestos was especially popular in the construction industry from the 1950s through to the mid 1980s because of its costs, fire safety and endurance"
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