Why is Asbestos dangerous?

When asbestos is in good condition, it poses no significant health risks. The danger arises when asbestos is damaged – through bumps and scrapes sustained by any building over the years – or destroyed by cutting, drilling or ripping. When disturbed, asbestos releases airborne fibres which can kill. Individuals working in the building and maintenance trades e.g. builders, plumbers, electricians, cable installers are at greatest risk from asbestos. These people are most likely to work on a building without sufficient knowledge as to where asbestos might be and how to avoid it.