Figures from the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) indicate that as many as 4,000 each year die from asbestos and its related diseases. Accounting for mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening, asbestos is responsible for more annual deaths than road accidents.
Put into perspective of specific trades, the figures suggest that eight joiners, six electricians and four plumbers die each week due to long-term working with asbestos. It may come as no surprise, then, that the issue of asbestos and its removal are handled incredibly carefully.
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