Despite being banned since 2000, asbestos is still prevalent in numerous buildings around the country where a simple warning sign could save lives.
Since the introduction of the ban on asbestos over ten years ago, many commercial buildings and public areas have had their asbestos removed. However, there are still many homes and listed buildings containing the substance which many owners may not even be aware of.
Company buildings, factories and warehouses were known for their wide usage of asbestos and although relatively harmless in a stable state, deterioration can make asbestos lethal and hazardous to health. As symptoms of asbestos-related diseases only appear after many years, more and more people are realising they have been affected. The resulting the long term affect can be deadly, causing diseases like mesothelioma, asbestosis and asbestos related lung cancer.
Even more concerning is that a lack of signage around such areas has left younger generations unaware of the inherent dangers of dealing with old asbestos. Young builders, tradesmen and general DIY enthusiasts may all be at risk as a result of this lack of understanding.
Despite being one of the most recognised and distributed warning signs, asbestos signs are not in place in many business premises. Companies have a duty of care to their employees to protect them against hazards at work and potential illnesses that may occur as a result of working in the industry. With many employers failing to erect a simple sign, there could potentially be thousands of workers entitled to asbestos compensation without even knowing it.
With around 4,000 deaths every year estimated to be a result of asbestos inhalation, tradesmen and DIY specialists are expected to be at risk for the foreseeable future. Many people believe that simple addition of a warning sign could genuinely save lives.
If you know of any asbestos that needs clearly labelling in your building and isn’t, you may be entitled to compensation if you have been exposed to it and suffered as a result. Call us on 0800 634 1626 for valuable advice and assistance in receiving your asbestos compensation.