Avoiding exposure the best approach to take - lawyer
MAURICE Blackburn Lawyers Senior Associate Trent Johnson specialises in asbestos-related disease claims and is handling Paul's compensation.
Mr Johnson said workers and home renovators needed to understand that the best approach to asbestos was to avoid it and prevent being exposed.
"There's a lot of fibro in homes around Rockhampton and people need to be aware that if they're planning on renovating their home, there could be asbestos in the walls and roof," he said.
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"Anyone who's likely to remove or disturb asbestos is encouraged to get a licensed asbestos removalist who will remove it safely.
"It's vital for employees in the building industry to be covered by workers compensation and to report any exposure to asbestos to their employer, doctor and workers compensation so it's documented.
"In recent years we've seen a wave of people who are now suffering from asbestos-related illnesses from when they were children of parents who did their own renovations from back in the '70s and '80s.
"There are about 600 cases of mesothelioma in Australia and that rate is only going to increase if people don't take the right precautions when dealing with asbestos.
"The average time between the time of exposure and the development of the illness is between 25 and 35 years. There have been a number of cases however where the disease was dormant for 50 years since the time of exposure."
To know the legal requirements of the removal of asbestos visit: asbestosawareness.com.au