Top 5 Most At-Risk Trades for Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is the single biggest work-related cause of death in the UK, and there are 5 trades that are more at-risk of asbestos-related diseases than others…

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a general term that refers to a group of minerals that have a long, thin structure that can easily break down into sharp microscopic fibres.  When inhaled, these fibres can increase a person’s chances of suffering an industrial disease. Exposure to asbestos can scar lung tissue and cause Asbestosis; a chronic lung disease. Inhaling asbestos fibres can also cause mesothelioma; a rare type of cancer that affects the thin tissue linings of organs, predominantly the lungs.

The Health and Safety Executive recently reported that 1.3 million tradesmen are at risk of experiencing the dangers of asbestos. They also reported that an average of 20 builders dies every week as a result of asbestos-related diseases.

Of all the working environments where asbestos exposure can lead to health problems, there are five that stand out as the most dangerous occupations for asbestos-related illnesses;

1. Electricians, Plumbers, and Gasfitters

5,500 people die each year from Asbestos exposure, that’s double those killed on UK roads. Asbestos components in gas, heating, and similar appliances, all pose a threat to electricians, plumbers, and gasfitters as they could encounter the dangerous fibre on existing gas, solid fuel, and electrical or oil installations.

2. Laggers and sprayers

Tradesmen have the biggest risk of direct asbestos exposure, according to Asbestos Justice. This applies specifically to Laggers who used to apply asbestos to pipes, machinery, boilers and lay as large sheets.

3. Mechanics

At least 3,500 people in Great Britain die each year from mesothelioma, according to A1 Environmental Services. Mechanics are at high risk of coming into contact with dust-filled environments that are made hazardous by asbestos fibres produced during work, such as brake and clutch replacements.

4. Heating and ventilation engineers

As said by Asbestos Justice, 1 in 50 heating engineers born in the 1940’s who have worked in the industry for 10 years or more, are most at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease. As asbestos has a very high resistance to heat, up until the 1970’s it was used to insulate boilers, tanks, ducts and pipes in homes and commercial properties.

5. Carpenters and roofers

In addition to doing a substantial amount of lifting, kneeling and standing, which can cause muscle strains, carpenters and roofers also suffer a significant rate of personal injuries from falling from ladders. Asbestos exposure from remodelling older offices and homes that contain insulation made from asbestos is also a prime cause of personal injury for carpenters and roofers.

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, otherwise known as industrial injury benefit, is a government-funded benefit scheme for those who are disabled as a result of an injury they sustained at work. It can also include those who are enduring pain and suffering from certain diseases that were caused by an unsafe work environment, otherwise known as an occupational illness.

How Cute Injury can help

Cute Injury is on hand to provide you with professional and experienced legal assistance if you, or someone you know, has suffered an illness as a direct result of exposure to Asbestos in previous years.

If you or a family member has suffered from an asbestos-related disease, get in touch with us now for a free consultation.

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