Asbestos is known throughout Australia as a material you do not want to be exposed to. Breathing in the fibres can lead to major forms of cancer such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. While exposure to this material is not a given, certain professionals such as miners and builders have a higher chance of being exposed.
Yet, there are times, due to the actions of some, when exposure can be a public health risk.
Dumped asbestos receives intense reaction
In February 2016, a 50-metre trail of asbestos material was dumped on a street in Western Sydney. The dumping has caused outrage among residents who live close to the site of the dumping.
Speaking to the ABC, resident Anju Kalsh said measures need to be taken to ensure repeat dumping stops.
“Cameras should be put up because it’s always the same thing happening every time,” she said.
The Parramatta City Council has condemned the dumping and is seeking information from the public in an attempt to identify culprits. Lord Mayor of Parramatta Paul Garrard said the act is despicable and shows no concern for the safety of the community.
“All measures possible have been taken to make the site safe and there is no threat to local residents. It is the largest example of illegal dumping we have seen here in Parramatta in the past 12 months and we will do all we can to ensure that those responsible are prosecuted to the full force of the law,” he said.
Unfortunately, the illegal dumping is the sixth time it has happened in Parramatta in the last 12 months. However, the council is hopeful that they will catch the people who did this. CCTV footage caught the incident and the council is investigating a number of leads.
Why is dumping asbestos so dangerous?
Due to the composition of asbestos-filled materials, dumping can cause significant danger to the public. If the fibres that comprise asbestos are released into the air, they can be inhaled by local residents in proximity to the site.
If you have been exposed to asbestos, it is important to seek medical help. Following this, get in touch with lawyers experienced in making asbestosis claims to ensure you are aware of your compensation options. At Gerard Malouf and Partners, we have a long history helping those with asbestos-related illness claim compensation.
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