Asbestos found throughout migrant camp in Calais
It was recently reported that the camp of migrants, who are looking for asylum and are currently held up in a camp in Calais, are being exposed to large amount of white asbestos on a daily basis.
It appears that the camp was placed on land which was not suitable for homes or any other building work. It has now transpired that this old landfill site is littered with broken sheets of white asbestos.
Refugees and migrants in the camp in Calais even use the broken pieces of old asbestos roofing to peg down their tents and make walls for their living areas. There are broken sheets of asbestos throughout the camp exposing all who are waiting there to be processed for asylum to the deadly mineral.
Asbestos is a deadly substance that was banned in France in 1997, 2 years before the ban came into place in the UK. It was previously used in large quantities in the 1950’s and 1960’s due to its resilience to heat and its strength, which made it a perfect option as a building material.
Not only are the refuges exposed to asbestos daily whilst in this camp, it is also being continually disturbed, through no fault of their own, and then spread into the surrounding environment causing a potentially much large environmental issue.
Once inhaled it can take as little as one asbestos fibre to cause the terminal condition known as mesothelioma. This is why the substance was completely banned and any remaining asbestos should either be safely encapsulated or completely removed by professionals and then safely disposed of.
If you have ever come into contact with any asbestos and have contracted a related condition such as asbestosis, pleural thickening, lung cancer or even mesothelioma then please contact us today for advice from our specialist team as to what care is required and how a claim can be brought forward to assist with the cost of any care which may be required in the future.