Asbestos Exposure Is One of the Biggest Workplace Fatalities

By: Asbestos Audit
 
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, U.K. - March 18, 2021 - PRLog -- Office jobs are bad for our health. Sitting all day will likely have us hunched at our desks, limiting oxygen we breathe in which can make us tired and affect our concentration. Research has found (https://www.mic.com/articles/124711/your-health-and-fitness-with-office-jobs-vs-physical-jobs) that those working an office job may be at a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, even if you exercise regularly.

However, there are jobs that bring a much greater risk of injury and fatalities. While safeguarding and risk assessments in place, workplace injuries remain a real risk in some industries. According to the International Labour Office (https://www.ilo.org/moscow/areas-of-work/occupational-safety-and-health/WCMS_249278/lang--en/index.htm), 2.3 million workplace fatalities and 240 million injuries take place every year. That translates to roughly 6,000 deaths every single day.

Here, we take a look at the most dangerous industries to work in in the UK.

Workplace diseases

While we may prepare for immediate physical risks with personal protective equipment and hard hats, some workplace injuries might not be visible to the eye. According to the International Labour Office, work-related diseases caused the most workplace fatalities across the world, with hazardous substances alone causing 651,279 deaths a year.

Asbestos is the UK's biggest cause of fatality from workplace exposure, causing more than 5,000 asbestos-related disease deaths (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/07/britains-...) each year. Not only can buildings be a risk, but there can be asbestos in soils (https://www.asbestosaudit.co/asbestos-in-soils) that we breathe in and damage our lungs, causing mesothelioma and lung cancer. Unfortunately, the effects of asbestos don't cumulate until around 50 years later due to the delayed latency period and have a high fatality rate.

The risk of asbestos exposure isn't just isolated to one industry but can affect anyone, including office workers. There are still around six million tons of asbestos existing (https://www.asbestos.com/news/2019/11/27/report-million-uk-buildings-contain-asbestos-infographic/) in 1.5 million buildings in the UK that are being actively removed. Duty holders, the person assigned the responsibility of ensuring a safe workspace, have a legal responsibility to seek an asbestos survey if there is a possibility the harmful material is present.

Although this was the lowest recorded year of workplace fatalities with a total of 111 workers – 149 fewer than the year before – according to the HSE, a reduction in workplace facilities could be due to COVID-19 and a temporary halt in going to work.

Sources

https://www.healthline.com/health/breathe-deeper-improve-health-and-posture#breathingrate

https://www.mic.com/articles/124711/your-health-and-fitness-with-office-jobs-vs-physical-jobs

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/07/britains-death-toll-from-asbestos-at-crisis-level-figures-reveal
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