Asbestos has left a devastating legacy – it is the greatest single cause of work-related deaths in the UK.
Employers and insurance companies want to consign their track-record of exposing workers – and those around them – to the history books. But at Thompsons, we know that for thousands of families every year, forgetting about asbestos is not an option.
A lasting legacy
Despite being banned over 20 years ago in the UK, asbestos materials are responsible for thousands of serious illnesses and deaths every year.
Many buildings including factories, schools, hospitals, and council buildings that were built before 1980 in the UK had asbestos used in their construction. Every day, local authority workers, construction workers, children, teachers, nurses, and doctors are at risk of exposure to asbestos if it isn’t identified and contained properly, and that in turn means a risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.
The use of asbestos may be a thing of the past, but its consequences are being felt in the present by those directly affected by diseases like mesothelioma, and those who have lost loved ones prematurely as a result of past asbestos exposure.