Asbestos Death Toll At Crisis Level
A4 reports on the recent rise in asbestos-related deaths in the UK. As a leading asbestos removal company, it's vital for us to keep our fingers on the pulse of what is happening within the asbestos industry. We discuss the recent rise in asbestos-related deaths and explore why this might be happening.
The UK has seen a daunting rise in asbestos-related deaths in the last 5 years with levels peaking in 2017. Asbestos used decades ago is now coming into strong effect, since the long term health effects of asbestos are coming to sadly materialising for those that are affected. Asbestos takes decades to degrades someone's health which is what makes it such a silent killer.
Illnesses that are asbestos-related like Mesothelioma can take decades to develop and the recent rise in asbestos-linked deaths are seen as a case and point example of this cycle. Asbestos was widely used in the '50s & 70's so it's thought that those worked closely in the asbestos industry are now seeing the effects of the exposure they went through. Even family members of those that worked in an asbestos-rich environment are seen to suffer. Family members of industrial workers often show signs of asbestos-related illnesses as they would have been exposed to large amounts of asbestos. Whether it was a worker's overalls or even boots, the asbestos would have found a way into the unfortunate family's home.
HSE reports that in 2017, there were 2,523 deaths from Mesothelioma alone. Mesothelioma is cancer that affects the lining of organs. Mesothelioma is a condition almost exclusive to asbestos exposure as it's the fibres from asbestos that causes this illness. Mesothelioma, once diagnosed is almost always fatal. Due to the gradual development of this illness, once symptoms start appearing it's often too late to offer reparative measures.
Mesothelioma deaths have almost doubled since 1995 where there were only 1,317 reported. This is a worrying statistic as it's unclear if the death toll will keep rising. Because of how asbestos affects our health and the time it takes to do so, it's hard to truly track down the causing factors. Large levels of exposure in the '50s seem to be the main culprit but it seems that there are also other factors at play.
Asbestos was such a wonder material when it was first discovered as it had so many desirable qualities as a material. Its fibrous build-up made it strong, making it ideal as an aggregate for other materials like concrete. Asbestos is also very heat resistant which is why it was used abundantly in the plumbing industry. From pipes, guttering to boilers, asbestos was used across the home. It was even used in everyday items like cigarette filters and even in children's toys.
Asbestos was also cheap to produce and made for a great material to use within the construction industry as well as shipbuilding. Carpenters, plumbers & electricians are sadly were the more common occupations of the people who are now suffering from asbestos-related illnesses. Old factory workers are also a strongly affected demographic as they would have been working with asbestos directly.
A4 Asbestos has been providing Bristol with professional asbestos removal for decades. From commercial warehouses to residential properties, A4 has worked in a range of environments making the team versatile and flexible. With an extensive level of experience in the sector, the team at A4 are able to work in any situation, removing asbestos efficiently & professionally. If you are worried about the presence of asbestos in your home or property, give us a call today and speak to a professional about your situation. Visit our page on - Asbestos Disposal Bristol
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