Asbestos is a mineral comprised of millions of microscopic fibres. All types of asbestos are harmful, whether brown, white or blue; although certain types are more deadly than others.
For many years asbestos was used in the construction of many of the most important buildings in the Scottish Borders, including the premises of many of its largest employers. For example, schools, councils, the NHS, as well as industrial and manufacturing works. This has led to a number of tragic and high value claims for asbestos compensation in the Borders.
The reasons asbestos was used so widely were manifold. Not only was it heat and fire resistant, it was also relatively cheap, easy to install and serviced by a hugely profitable global asbestos industry.
Unfortunately, it was also used in many homes all over the UK, as well as in the Scottish borders, including housing association and council homes. And, as in non-residential settings, although asbestos may not be dangerous if undisturbed, as buildings become subject to wear and tear, the mineral, together with surrounding materials, may deteriorate and potentially expose any person in the vicinity to the dangers or airborne asbestos ingestion.
Does asbestos survive near you?
Many public buildings still contain asbestos, which, although not harmful in itself, requires extra vigilance when it comes to inspection and maintenance; the same is also true of some homes.
If you are unsure whether asbestos is present in a property you use, either for domestic or work purposes, you should arrange with the person or body responsible for its upkeep to have inspections and tests carried out. There are many specialist asbestos removal firms available.
Furthermore, if you believe that asbestos may be present in your home you should ensure that any tradesperson you employ is aware of your concern regarding the presence of asbestos.
Asbestos disposal in Scottish Borders
There is no licensed asbestos waste site within the boundaries of the Scottish Borders Council. However, it is possible to have asbestos transported for you by a licensed contractor. Contact the Scottish Environment Protection Agency for more information.
Asbestos compensation in Scottish Borders
Each year in the UK nearly 4,500 people die as a result of an asbestos-related disease, with more than half of these deaths attributable to mesothelioma.
Scotland's heritage of heavy industry, shipbuilding and construction means that it has felt more than most the deadly legacy of the substance.
To speak with Thompsons specialists in asbestos compensation in the Borders, contact our offices in Peebles or Galashiels today.