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Asbestos warning signs 'can save lives'

7th December 2009 | Warning Signs

Companies and employees have been advised that installing asbestos warning signs may be able to save people's lives.

Chris Gillies, a principal inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), pointed out that the number of deaths from asbestos continues to rise each year and it is imperative that firms take action to stop this from continuing, such as installing warning signs.

According to the expert, a quarter of all asbestos-related deaths are connected to the building trade and are due to exposure 20 or 30 years ago, but he warned that the substance is "not "a product of a bygone age".

"The tradesmen and women of today and tomorrow cannot afford to be complacent because asbestos is still present in hundreds of thousands of buildings. They risk breathing in deadly dust by disturbing or damaging asbestos in the course of their work," Mr Gillies said.

His comments follow recent remarks by Sarah Mallagh, the HSE's asbestos expert, who said that taking measures to prevent asbestos exposure, such as using safety stickers, can help to reduce mortality statistics.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19500340-ADNFCR



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