It is the biggest on the job killer of tradespeople in the UK. Microscopic fibers cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, and asbestos exposure does not cause any immediate symptoms, so it is easy for a person to inhale or swallow the dust without realizing it. Once the fibers are in the body, they never dissolve, and the body has extreme difficulty expelling them.
Each week on average it kills 20 tradesmen, including 4 plumbers, 6 electricians and 8 joiners. Don’t dismiss it as a thing of the past, it’s still a very real and dangerous threat.