Home owners inspired to renovate homes themselves have been reminded of the potential risk of exposure to asbestos.
Television series such as The Block and House Rules have prompted many to do much of the work themselves in an effort to save time and costs associated with professionals. However, spending the extra money to have asbestos sheeting removed professionally reduces the risk of exposing you and your family to the deadly dust.
The reminder comes as the Basin Fire Station in Melbourne's east is closed as a precautionary measure, after a building inspection revealed the potential presence of asbestos. The station is due to remain closed under tests confirm there is no asbestos, or the product has been removed.
The ramifications of exposure to asbestos may not be realised until many years after the initial inhalation. The most devastating consequence of asbestos is the development of mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer that almost always results in a terminal diagnosis.
If you have been exposed to asbestos as a result of your employment or the employment of a family member, there is assistance you can access. In the case of terminal patients, the Courts facilitate a much quicker timetable, as unfortunately, many of the benefits available are lost once someone dies.
If you or someone you know have been exposed to asbestos or have developed a dust related disease, we invite you speak to one of our expert injury lawyers on (03) 9321 9988.