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The HSE has estimated that one in 10 carpenters born in the 1940s with more than 10 years of work in the industry will die of mesothelioma.
Despite Britain finally banning the use of asbestos in 2000, global trade in the carcinogen remains strong.
Before the ban, 60 per cent of asbestos in Britain came from Canada. Much of the trade has now moved to the developing world.
In recent years countries such as Angola, Argentina, India, Mexico, Nigeria and Thailand have all recorded increased use of asbestos products.
On Thursday construction union Ucatt staged a demonstration against Canada's continued exportation of asbestos at the country's embassy in London.
Ucatt leader Alan Ritchie said: "It is disgraceful that Canada continues to wilfully produce and export a deadly substance.
"It is essential that nationally and internationally unions and other sympathetic groups increase the pressure on Canada to end this lethal trade once and for all."