Young UK Workers Given Asbestos Warning

February 25, 2013 at 1:45 AM

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) believes that many young workers do not understand the huge dangers posed by asbestos. Although the construction material has been banned for more than a decade in the UK, many buildings that were erected before 2000 are likely to contain the substance.

It has been commonly used in the trade since the 1950s, when there was very little information on the massive health problems it can cause. Around 4,000 people die every year in Great Britain because of asbestos-related diseases and the HSE thinks that 1.8 million tradespeople are still at risk of exposure to the material.

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