Asbestos rears its ugly head in Australia and possibly UK

The UK Mesothelioma charity has found that roofing panels are currently being supplied to a construction site in Perth, Australia from a Chinese source.

Exposures to asbestos are responsible for Australia’s most deadly epidemic of occupational disease. In fact, the relatively small population of Australia has one of the world’s highest incidences of the fatal asbestos cancer mesothelioma. Unfortunately, the UK has, for years, had the world’s highest incidence of mesothelioma mortality. In July 2016, the Health and Safety Executive reported that: “Men who worked in the building industry when asbestos was used extensively are now among those most at risk of mesothelioma.”

The company also has a distribution network in the UK, Yuanda UK Co. Ltd, which could have supplied the same materials to many UK building sites such as 100 Bishopsgate (completion 2018), Newington Butts (2017), Nova Victoria (2017), One Blackfriars Road (2017), Indescon Court 2 (2016) and others.

This once again highlights the need to be vigilant about the use of this highly toxic substance and why we at Macoun are pledging the potential winning of the Plumber of the Year 2016 prize of £10,000 to the charity. To vote for me to support this great charity please go to

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