Local residents of Hardshaw Street in St Helens, Merseyside reported a heap of suspected asbestos sheets dumped in a backstreet near a children’s play area.
The residents have stated that, despite informing officials, the materials have not been removed for four months. The actions of both those responsible for illegally dumping the asbestos and the officials responsible removing it could potentially have put many people at risk.
The incorrect disposal of asbestos is highly dangerous, and therefore a punishable crime. It should only be done by specialists wearing protective clothing. If you’re undergoing some home renovations and suspect that asbestos may be present in your house – in the piping or walls – read our previous blog on asbestos and the renovation roulette before you begin.
Asbestos was used as insulation in many houses in the UK from the 1950s to the 1990s before the carcinogenic traits of asbestos were recognised. With many buildings in the UK still containing asbestos, keen DIY-ers could be putting themselves at great risk by tackling home renovations without realising. It is important to take precautions to protect yourself and your family from exposure to asbestos. Specialists should be consulted to survey the property and, in the event asbestos is found, specialists should be employed to manage, remove and dispose of any materials containing asbestos.
Fly tipping is illegal, but when it comes to fly tipping asbestos the consequences are considerably more severe. Exposure to asbestos is a devastating health risk, potentially causing lung diseases and cancer such as Mesothelioma.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a cancer of mesothelial tissue, which covers the lungs. This type of cancer typically develops in the lungs or abdomen, and is mostly associated with exposure to asbestos. Read more on the causes of mesothelioma.
If the people responsible for the asbestos pile dumped behind the houses in St Helens did so without knowledge of the health risk it could cause, then this is an exemplary case of the importance in raising awareness of Mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos.
Slater and Gordon Asbestos Lawyers can pursue compensation claims for people that have been exposed to asbestos at work.
If you think you may have been exposed to asbestos at work call the expert Personal Injury Solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0800 844 0275 or contact us online.
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