According to the Health and Safety Executive, six electricians die every week in the UK due to asbestos-related diseases.
Although the majority of these deaths are caused by a condition called mesothelioma, electricians also have some of the highest asbestosis diagnosis rates.
If you developed this illness and feel you are entitled to compensation, then you should get in touch with Seth Lovis & Co – a specialist law firm which has helped numerous individuals claim damages.
Our experienced solicitors realise the effects that asbestos-related diseases have and strive to obtain the maximum amount of compensation possible to cover such aspects as therapy costs and lost earnings.
Furthermore, they will always put the client and his or her family first, helping them through the claims process. To find out whether or not you could benefit through our team of asbestos solicitors, please call us today on 0808 252 0678. Alternatively, if you wish to start your claim over the internet, complete an online enquiry form.
What is asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a chronic lung condition caused by inhalation of asbestos dust, leading to scarring of the lining of the lungs. As a result, individuals can experience breathing difficulties and may develop an uncomfortable as well as persistent cough.
The symptoms of asbestosis will not become apparent immediately after coming into contact with asbestos. Instead, these signs usually take between 15 and 30 years to develop.
Asbestosis among electricians
One study by the Occupational Medicine Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that among electricians who had worked twenty years or more in the trade, the number of asbestosis diagnoses was an astonishing twenty percent.
There are many reasons for this, not least the large amount of asbestos dust electricians were exposed to throughout the majority of the last century.
In fact, despite laws banning the use of asbestos coming into effect in 1932, most buildings not constructed within the past few decades probably contain asbestos. As such, with electricians often playing a role during renovation or maintenance work, many are still at risk of being exposed to the potentially deadly substance.
The following materials, activities, and environments all indicate that electricians may be at risk of asbestos fibre exposure:
- Spraying or coating (limpet asbestos)
- Pipe insulation, boilers, calorifier, or heat exchangers
- Cement roof sheeting
- Drilling or cutting through insulation board
- Ceiling tiles, partition walls, or service duct covers
- Fire breaks or heater cupboards
- Seals, gaskets, and millboard
Can I claim for asbestosis?
All workers who suffer illness as a result of exposure to asbestos in the workplace are entitled to claim compensation for asbestosis, and electricians are no different.
Even in the event that an employer has gone out of business, the industrial disease solicitors at Seth Lovis & Co will try to trace the employer's liability insurer.
Call our team in London today for more information about how we can be of assistance on 0808 252 0678 or complete an online enquiry form.