In the UK, people who work with asbestos have to follow strict guidelines, adhering to the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. These regulations state that people must be trained to work safely with asbestos. Any asbestos waste must be properly disposed of. It should be double-wrapped and clearly labelled then sent via a registered waste carrier to a licensed disposal site.
These regulations are in place for a reason. Asbestos is a dangerous substance, particularly when it has been disturbed. This is because the fibres can become airborne. The effects of being exposed can be catastrophic, and can lead to people being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer that most commonly affects the lining of the lungs or abdomen. The symptoms of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions, such as asbestosis and pleural thickening, take between 10 and 50 years to develop. As a result, it is not until many years after exposure that people become aware of the damage done.
Asbestos conditions can be devastating to a person’s way of living. Breathing problems and chest pain can seriously limit their life and they may need care assistance from family and friends.
With the above in mind, it is infuriating when week after week we read about selfish people who dump asbestos in public places. This puts many people in danger, including children. Caerau Ely Amateur Boxing Club in Trelai Park, Ely is one of the latest victims. Along with other fly-tipped building materials, two fridges have been dumped in the club’s car park. The fridges are full of broken asbestos sheeting.
The local council will now have to arrange to have the waste safely removed.
People are uneducated about the dangers of asbestos
This is yet another extreme example of people being uneducated about how dangerous asbestos is. We would hope that if the culprits knew the risk, they would not have dumped the asbestos. Particularly as the boxing club is a place where children frequently visit. They have also more than likely put themselves at risk.
The Council are appealing for any witnesses to come forward and help identify the people who did this. If caught, they face a fine of up to £50,000 and up to six months in prison. Even if they are not caught, they now face an uncertain future, not knowing if they will go on to develop mesothelioma.
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If you require assistance in pursuing an asbestos compensation claim for any asbestos related disease then please contact us today. You can do so by calling our freephone number: 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over to the ‘Contact Us’ page, fill in the form and we will be in touch.