Plumbers in the seaside town of Blackpool in the UK have recently received warnings from officials over the dangers of asbestos, which is a deadly substance once widely used in the building and other industries. Plumbers and other tradesmen in similar professions are the higher risk group for exposure to this substance, which can cause a range of health issues including a form of deadly cancer known as mesothelioma.

The warnings to the trainee plumbers were issued by the Health and Safety Executive. The message was not cloaked by politeness, but was a stark warning that those in this sort of profession could actually die as a result of exposure to this substance, which is a very real risk in this sort of profession.

Around twenty tradesmen across the country are thought to die every week as a result of this sort of exposure, and in Blackpool, where the speech was delivered, sixty one men are said to have died from asbestos related cancer between 1985 and 2004.

An official from the Health and Safety Executive stated: “Young plumbers do not understand that the risks of asbestos are real, they think it’s yesterday’s problem. But the reality is that here in Great Britain we are in the midst of an epidemic.”

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