Tradesmen in Newcastle come into contact with asbestos 115 times a year on average, new data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed.
The study, conducted by Censuswide in September 2014, also showed that, while 53 per cent of tradesmen knew that they may be exposed to asbestos in buildings built before 1970, only 15 per cent were aware that buildings built up to the year 2000 may still contain the deadly material, chroniclelive.co.uk reports.
The figures have encouraged a former electrician battling an asbestos-caused cancer to urge fellow tradesmen to be more aware of the possible dangers of their work environments.
Simon Clark, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2012, said: “When I was younger I didn’t think of the dangers of asbestos and I must have been exposed to it frequently. Since being diagnosed, I’ve had to give up my work and let some of my employees go – which is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
“It is vitally important that everybody knows when they might be exposed and takes the correct steps to protect themselves.”
HSE has now launched a free ‘Beware Asbestos’ app for tradesmen, helping them to identify whether their workplaces present a risk of exposure to asbestos, cnplus.co.uk notes.