Henley Beach residents have spoken out about their concerns over bits of asbestos sheeting that frequently wash up on shore. Locals have said that the asbestos has been washing up on Henley Beach for years. Leon Diou one local resident has been removing bits of asbestos from the beach three times a week for the past 20 years, some days finding up to a kilogram of asbestos.
The major concern is if this asbestos is to dry out and erode into the sand, beachgoers may start breathing it in. This kind of asbestos exposure can cause people to contract an asbestos related disease such as asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma.
Residents are calling for Charles Sturt Council or Safe Work South Australia to clean up Henley Beach and finally rid it of all dangerous asbestos. The best way for them to achieve this is to find out where the asbestos is coming from and hopefully put a stop to it. With mesothelioma expected to peak in Australia in the next decade these kinds of situations must be resolved quickly and efficiently.
Many Australian states including NSW and Victoria do have legislation in place to help those suffering from an asbestos related illness pursue an asbestos compensation claim. These claims include both asbestosis compensation and mesothelioma compensation.