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It has been reported that a former electrician suffering from asbestos related mesothelioma has urged people to be cautious of asbestos, as figures show that tradesmen in Tyneside could come into contact with deadly asbestos more than 100 times per year. In fact the Health & Safety Executive has said that such tradesmen could come into contact with the deadly dust an average of 115 per year following a new survey.
Simon Clark is aged just 52 and has now been diagnosed with the incurable asbestos related disease, mesothelioma.
The survey has also shown that there is widespread misunderstanding of the dangers of asbestos, with 4% of people allegedly believing that drinking a glass of water will protect them from asbestos and 33% thinking that opening a window will help to keep them safe.
Asbestos can be found in many structures such as walls, ceilings, buildings, boilers, floor tiles, guttering and soffits. Maintenance men can easily disturb asbestos by performing work such as drilling and sanding, which releases dust into the atmosphere which is then inhaled, and causing lung disease and potentially deadly cancers many decades later.
Andrew Stinchcombe of Novum Law comments: “People think that asbestos is no longer contained in buildings and is no longer dangerous but asbestos remains extremely dangerous and present in many older structures. It is especially important that people working on such buildings do not disturb the asbestos and do not release the dust into the atmosphere, as otherwise this could cause potentially serious consequences many years later.”
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