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Saturday, 3 September 2011

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Dangers of Asbestos in Window Panelling and Sills and other Construction Materials


 Asbestos was once the miracle material in many common construction products but those that worked in the construction industry may have unwittingly become exposed to asbestos fibres.

The research and development budget that goes into modern building materials today is significant. This R&D budget is driven by both the competitive drive to produce the best and longest lasting materials, but also in response to a huge backlash against the construction materials industry for the active ingredients they used to pump into building materials. Remember lead in paint? Once very much de rigueur and mainstream until the health implications came to light.

The use of asbestos in building materials and practices was once widespread. Pipes were lagged with asbestos, floor tiles were made with asbestos fibres, loft insulation was asbestos based and many other places had the misfortune to be associated with the once miracle materials which is now linked directly to mesothelioma.

One less known place where asbestos was used in both the residential and industrial construction trade was in asbestos window panelling and sills. More likely than not any house that pre-dates the 1980s will have asbestos window sills and panelling.

While there is no discernible health impact where the materials are intact, undisturbed and undamaged, those that had the misfortune of working in the construction industry and used asbestos based products paint a very different picture. Repeated sawing, sanding and fitting of asbestos based window panelling and sills may have left them exposed to asbestos fibres that became airborne.

Another factor that may have compounded the situation is that unlike today, personal protective equipment was not that common a few decades ago and construction workers may not have had adequate access the correct respiratory products to protect their wellbeing.

If you worked in the construction industry at any point prior to asbestos being removed from window panelling, sills and other construction materials, you may potentially have been exposed to asbestos fibres. To find out if you are eligible to make a claim for work related exposure to asbestos, please call our highly skilled asbestos claims agents who will work hard to claim the asbestos compensation to which you are entitled. Call us now on 0800 634 1626 to start investigations.

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