Industry officials in Australia have warned that the number of national death relating to asbestos diseases is set to double over the next ten years, rising from the current three thousand per year to around six thousand per year. In Queensland alone asbestos related deaths have jumped by thirty percent since 1997.
Barry Robson from the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia said that there is set to be a new wave of asbestos disease victims in the form of members of the public who had worked on renovations within the home. In the past the main victims of these diseases have been tradesmen and workers that were exposed to asbestos in the workplace.
Robson said that the first cases of asbestos diseases amongst home renovators were already starting to appear, adding that the numbers were set to rise. He added that those deciding to carry out DIY in the home should take neessary precautions to protect themselves.
He said: “One exposure may kill, so if you’re not sure if it’s asbestos, wear a mask. The asbestos out there now is in a worse condition than it was. It’s deteriorating and dusting away.”