In November last year a sink hole appeared in a pavement in Clifton Gardens, Margate. This is worrying enough for local residents but it was then found that asbestos had been dumped in the hole.

A concerned local resident has asked the local council to investigate the situation.

It is extremely alarming that asbestos has been dumped in such a public place and suggests that those dumping it may not be fully aware of the dangers as they may have also exposed themselves to asbestos.

Any work involving asbestos should be assessed to confirm the level of risk. Most work involving asbestos has to be done by a licensed professional, although there are some tasks involving lower risk asbestos materials that do not require a licence.

Amazingly, despite all that is now known about asbestos and the risks it poses, many people do not believe asbestos is dangerous and try to cut costs by dealing with asbestos themselves.

We would always advise against this course of action. We sadly have to speak to people everyday who have seen first hand the damage that asbestos can do, it really isn’t worth it for the sake of saving a few pounds.

Asbestos can cause a number of conditions, the most devastating being mesothelioma, an incurable cancer affecting various linings of the body. Mesothelioma can be caused by minimal asbestos exposure. It can take just a few asbestos fibres to put someone at risk of developing mesothelioma.

Thankfully, asbestos conditions are relatively rare. If you are exposed to asbestos, you are not automatically going to suffer with one of the awful conditions, but you are at a greater risk. Asbestos conditions also do not show themselves straight after exposure. It takes between 10 and 50 years after exposure for someone to start suffering with symptoms of an asbestos condition.

We hope that the reckless action of those who dumped the asbestos has not gone on to affect innocent passers-by and that those at fault realise the ramifications of their actions and do not continue to put themselves and others at risk.

If you require assistance in pursuing an asbestos compensation claim for mesothelioma or other asbestos disease then please contact us today on our freephone number 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over to the ‘Contact Us’ page, complete the form and we will be in touch.

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