If you believe that exposure to asbestos in a UK workplace at some point over the past 60 years has led to you developing an illness such as mesothelioma, call our asbestos claim lawyers on 0800 508 8747 today to discuss your possible right to compensation.
Artex paint, an asbestos risk
Asbestos has historically been a danger to workers in many trades and occupations – from shipbuilding and carpentry to plumbing and electrical work – but what many people may be unaware of is the risks in and around the home, where asbestos may still be present.
Every time a person redecorates or carries out other DIY work, he or she should be aware that unless the property was built in the past fifteen years, it could contain asbestos.
Artex, a very thick paint, similar in texture to plaster, was widely used throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s to create textured patterns and finishes to the interior walls and ceilings of houses all over the UK.
Although, as with most asbestos-based products, Artex is relatively safe when undisturbed, wear and tear as well as the degradations of time can lead the material to breakdown, causing asbestos dust to be released into the air.
This can lead to any person nearby inhaling or ingesting asbestos particles, which can then become stuck in the lining of the lungs and abdomen, potentially causing the development of asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.
Unfortunately, Artex is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to asbestos in the home – over the years, painters and decorators, tradespeople and DIY enthusiasts have all been exposed to the substance, from lagging and insulation, to plasterwork and roofing materials, asbestos can be present almost anywhere.
One particular difficulty presented by Artex is the problem of identification. Around the time of Artex's manufacture there were also many similar non-asbestos based paints available – so, if in doubt, consult an asbestos safety specialist before proceeding with any work.
Claim compensation for asbestos exposure
If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease such as mesothelioma, our specialist asbestos claim lawyers can help you ensure the best possible settlement of compensation.
If you would like to speak with a member of our friendly team to discuss the possibility of obtaining settlement call0800 508 8747 today for clear, accurate and no-obligation information regarding your possible entitlement to compensation.