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EnvironmentAsbestos: The UK’s Biggest Workplace Killer Still

Asbestos: The UK’s Biggest Workplace Killer Still

According to new research from Enviro Skip Hire, asbestos remains the leading cause of workplace deaths in the UK.

The research indicated 2,268 mesothelioma deaths in 2021, attributed to the inhalation of asbestos fibres. Additionally, 537 deaths in 2021 had asbestosis mentioned on the death certificates.

Nurses, builders, and teachers are 3 to 5 times more likely to develop mesothelioma than the general population, emphasising the urgent need for effective asbestos removal practices.

James Rubin, Director of Enviro Skip Hire, which specialises in asbestos removal across the UK, commented on the research. He said: “The asbestos workplace statistics are concerning. There are many different varieties of asbestos, and it has been widely utilised in construction. Asbestos is an extremely toxic material for human health. Problems arise once the material becomes airborne.

“Since asbestos is present in many common areas surrounding workplaces, such as the roofing and plumbing, it also poses a risk to the structure if disturbed. If it is damaged and ends up in a pipe, substantial renovation may be necessary.”

Mr Rubin continued: “As a company, we’re often asked ‘Why is asbestos removal so important?’

“Asbestos should only be removed if necessary. Removal should occur only when absolutely needed, such as during renovations of a house or office, or if it has been unintentionally disturbed. If asbestos in a building hasn’t been disturbed, it shouldn’t be touched; there’s no need to cause unnecessary disturbance.

“However, once it has been disturbed, it needs to be removed immediately by certified contractors under certain, qualifying circumstances.

“UK Governments used to provide grants to assist workplaces with asbestos removal, but this ended in 2018. If asbestos-related workplace deaths continue to rise, the Government may want to consider bringing back this initiative.”

Sam Allcock
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