Word that asbestos was detected at a United Kingdom (U.K.) heath center has sparked fears among staff who believe they could have been exposed to the deadly mineral, according to the U.K.-based Clydebank Post.
The newspaper reports that after contractors identified asbestos in ceiling tiles during a renovation project at the Clydebank Heath Center in Scotland, a specialist contractor was brought in by management and “all the appropriate health and safety procedures were followed.” The affected areas were sealed off and tests confirmed no one was put at risk, according to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the agency in charge of the center.
Despite the reassurances, some workers say there are questions about how much asbestos was found and how long staff could have been exposed.
“People are really concerned, there’s no way they can tell us we haven’t been exposed at some time,” one worker told the Clydebank Post. “There’s some people…who are scared they’ve been exposed to it for years.”
Asbestos is the top occupational killer in the U.K., according to the Clydebank Post. Even short asbestos exposures can lead to serious illness, including asbestosis and mesothelioma, an aggressive and incurable cancer. More than 2,000 people in the U.K. die from the mesothelioma every year.
In the United States, asbestos also remains a major cause for concern. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that in a six-year period (1999-2005), a total of 18,068 people died from malignant mesothelioma.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by asbestos, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Contact Sokolove Law today for a free consultation to see if an asbestos attorney can help you.