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Saturday, 20 September 2008
Dangerous Waste

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About two weeks ago a young driver from Oxted crashed and completely wrote off her vehicle here when her tyre burst as she drove over some pieces of asbestos that had been dropped in the road. She was lucky to walk away without serious injury (according to a police officer who witnessed the accident).

It is illegal to dispose of asbestos in landfill sites, like the one at the Oxted quarry. The streets in and around Oxted are currently being littered with the debris of the trucks coming to-and-from the quarry, which is currently being filled with landfill as part of the reclaiming/landscaping exercise. Could one of these trucks also have littered the asbestos which caused the accident?

Asbestos is a dangerous substance: over 3,000 people die every year in this country from asbestos-related disease (and the number is expected to rise to 10,000 by the year 2020).  It is also the greatest single cause of work-related deaths in the UK.

Here are my previous posts on the subject:

Posted by bigblue on 20/09/2008 at 02:23 PM
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did = died
That’s much fewer than the deaths by smoking. 40% of smokers die from smoking.
There is a misconception that the degree of asbestos exposure makes a difference.  Actually it is the site on the body that is exposed that makes a difference.
Dr Neil White did some research on asbestos.  He informed me that one single fiber lodged in the lungs was what causes asbestosis. Symptoms only appear after 20 years.  Death is certain within 5 years of onset.
Not to downplay smoking: after only a few years the scar tissue on the alveoli is so bad that smokers should be advised not to scuba dive due to the high risk of air entrapment and cerebral air embolism.

Posted by flank  on  20/09/2008  at  11:05 PM

Oops, thanks. I’ve corrected the did/die.

Posted by bigblue  on  21/09/2008  at  01:15 PM

And a similar piece of litter caused the death of more than 100 in a Concorde.

Posted by SteveH  on  22/09/2008  at  11:15 AM

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