Asbestos Building Survey Finds Troubling Results

by Sokolove Law

Many more asbestos surveys of buildings in the UK are not performed properly than you may think.

According to the recently released, Great British Asbestos in Buildings Survey 2011, one in four asbestos surveys of buildings that were conducted in the UK over the course of the year did not do their job appropriately and were not in line with regulations, H&V News reported.

This alarming figure stemmed from what seemed to be a general confusion surrounding what exactly was required to safely and properly perform an asbestos study on a building. The survey found that only 50 percent of respondents were aware that a company performing such a task needed to be appropriately qualified. Twenty-three percent of respondents thought that no type of qualification or license was required.

Also, while all respondents who were in a management position said they were aware that asbestos information had to be given to workers and contractors who worked on the site, only 60 percent of commercial contractors and 40 percent of resident contractors said they ever received the asbestos information. These figures are all the more concerning because 35 percent of contractors replied that they were sure they had worked with asbestos.

While this survey only looked at buildings in Great Britain, it is not inconceivable to think that similar numbers could be possible in the United States as well. If you have developed mesothelioma that can be traced back to asbestos exposure at a building or job site, call Sokolove Law today to learn more about pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit.

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