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A Hidden Killer: The Dangers of Dealing with Asbestos

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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.

How Do I Check If My Building Is Affected?

The safest answer is that if you believe your home or building you work in may contain asbestos, then do not attempt to check yourself. Even trying to uncover asbestos to identify it can disturb the harmful fibres that cause many of the diseases it’s associated with.

If the building concerned was built or refurbished before the year 2000, then there is a possibility that asbestos may be present. Attempt to find out if it is present through company or council records, rather than physically checking yourself. If a survey is required, then call us – our fully trained and licensed team can help establish if asbestos is an issue.

How Do I Remove Asbestos?

You should never attempt to remove asbestos yourself, work with asbestos should be carried out by trained and competent personnel such as those here at C Jackson & Sons. The incorrect handling, removal and disposal of asbestos can be dangerous to those involved and those around them. It can also be illegal.

C. Jackson & Sons hold a full asbestos removal licence from the Health and Safety Executive, and are fully trained and certified to carry out asbestos removals to all legal safety standards.

Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations Act 2012, an asbestos survey is a legal requirement for all newly acquired non-domestic commercial buildings.

If you suspect that asbestos is present in your home or business, then do not try and act yourself – you are putting yourself, and others, at the risk of contracting potentially fatal diseases. Instead, call us here at C Jackson & Sons. Our licensed asbestos surveyors and removal teams can remove the threat safely and efficiently. Contact us today to arrange a professional survey or removal.

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