63 years since Switzerland acknowledged the link between asbestosis and airborne asbestos fibres, 27 years since the ban on asbestos use in construction, and 11 since a total ban on all use of asbestos in the EU, asbestos is still a major killer.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates the global death toll to be at least 90,000 per year, and this is likely to increase over the coming decade. The European Commission projects half a million people in Europe alone will have died from asbestos-linked disease by 2030. In Germany, nearly one in every two occupational deaths can be attributed to asbestos exposure.
Why hasn't the ban stopped the carnage?
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