The latest statistics recorded 15,000 deaths annually due to asbestos over the last three years, but these numbers only take in to account those who were exposed to asbestos 40 to 50 years ago. Just three years ago, a UN report showed that one third of the 900 million people living in Europe and Central Asia are potentially exposed to asbestos at work and in the environment. For the countries without a ban in place, Swiss Re notes it fair to assume that tens of thousands workers are exposed at the time of writing. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A decision by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts concerning the state's six-year statute of repose effectively bars all or nearly all tort claims arising from negligence in the use or handling of asbestos in construction-related suits.

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