Why Mesothelioma is a Risk Among Construction Workers

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Construction products in the past contained asbestos, which exposed the construction workers working with them to the deadly asbestos fibres which  over time can cause mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.

Those buildings constructed before 1980 are likely to still have asbestos in the walls, insulation and roofing mateials which can be released when construction and renovation work is being undertaken.

When left undisturbed, asbestos products do not present a huge threat, but when disturbed, the fibres are released into the air and can be  inhaled by workers or anyone else who happens to be around. Demolition work is particularly high risk.

Unfortunately mesothelioma rates in Australia are high and thousands of workers have lost their lives due to the disease.

Read more about the disease and what can be done at http://www.examiner.com/article/mesothelioma-and-the-construction-worker

The Australian Mesothelioma Registry (AMR) has released its 4th Annual Report

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The Australian Mesothelioma Registry (AMR) has released its 4th annual report, focusing on mesothelioma cases diagnosed during 2014 and notified to the Registry up to 31 May 2015.

The report found that between 1 January and 31 December 2014, there were 641 notifications of people newly diagnosed with mesothelioma.

The majority of newly diagnosed sufferers were male but 123 females were also diagnosed.

In 2014 there were 607 mesothelioma patients that died and 89 per cent  of these where the known cause of the death was due to mesothelioma.

Find out more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/09/australian-mesothelioma-registry-4th-annual-report-released/#.Veoc8RGqqko