The rise in deaths from asbestos-related illnesses continues to astound experts and due to widespread use of the material between the 1950s and 1970s we are currently at peak crisis levels of deaths from asbestos. Due to the way symptoms of asbestos-related cancers only presenting decades after exposure, it is right now that we are experiencing the highest number of asbestos-related deaths.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently released figures stating that in 2017 there were 2,523 deaths from mesothelioma (which is a cancer of the lining of the organs caused by inhalation of asbestos fibres). These figures have doubles since 1995, with more than half of mesothelioma deaths being in people over the age of 75.
It is now thought that these high levels will continue for a few years to go, before starting to decline at a point 50-years after restrictions tightened around the use of asbestos and attitudes of working around asbestos. The use of blue and brown asbestos, and its import, was banned in the UK in 1985, with white asbestos banned in 1999.
Mesothelioma almost always causes fatality, and rates of the cancer are high amongst those people who worked extensively within the construction industry, as well as shipbuilding. There is also high numbers of people who worked in factories where products that included asbestos were made.
At Artisan Surveyors we have an experienced team of asbestos surveyors. If you believe there is asbestos present in a building you live or work in we can provide a thorough asbestos survey and management survey. To find out more information contact us today on 02380 982 580.