Up until the mid 1980s asbestos was widely used in industries such as construction, shipbuilding, and factory work.
Many employers did not implement appropriate measures to prevent staff members from coming into contact with asbestos – and might not have even given serious consideration to the many health warnings that were beginning to circulate regarding the material.
Numerous studies have since revealed that a variety of conditions can be caused by asbestos exposure, such as mesothelioma or asbestosis. However, these asbestos-related illnesses can take a long time to develop – in the case of mesothelioma often decades after an individual's initial exposure.
If you or a close member of your family has developed an asbestos-related illness as a result of workplace exposure, contact the personal injury specialists at Seth Lovis & Co today. Call 0370 218 4025 for more information.
1999 - the asbestos ban
Fortunately, in 1999, the importation, supply, and use of asbestos was prohibited throughout the UK. In addition, many employers are now aware of the dangers of this material and, in line with official Health and Safety Executive regulations and guidance, will usually take suitable steps to prevent workers from suffering asbestos exposure.
However, as asbestos-related diseases may only become apparent many years after a person's initial exposure, workers are still being diagnosed with these types of illnesses. It has been reported that the number of fatalities from mesothelioma – a cancer which is almost always only caused by asbestos exposure – will peak in 2015 before starting to decline. Asbestos has left a long and tragic legacy.
Seth Lovis & Co could help those adversely affected by helping them make an asbestos compensation claim, whether they worked in shipbuilding, construction, or on a factory line.
Factory workers and asbestos exposure
Although asbestos is largely associated with the shipbuilding and construction industries, this material was also used during the manufacture of products. Potentially, those working on an assembly line or handling these items could have been exposed to this dangerous substance.
Throughout the twentieth century asbestos was widely used for items such as:
- Hair dryers
- Ironing board covers
- Electric blankets
- Toasters; and
- Cooking pots.
Fortunately, these products are unlikely to be in circulation today, but the workers who assembled them might be entitled to claim compensation in the event they develop an asbestos-related disease as a result of factory-based exposure.
Many factory workers successfully sought damages after suffering due to the negligent actions of their employers. For example, in 2005, it was reported that more than 100 staff members who previously worked at the same plant had successfully claimed compensation after being diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases.
The factory had used asbestos in the production of goods such as floor tiles and carpet underlay in order to make them resistant to flames. However, duty-holders had failed to implement adequate safety measures. Speaking to the BBC, one ex-staff member stated "there was asbestos everywhere" and claimed that asbestos dust was so rife that workers were able to use the substance to write their names on the walls.
Speak to a Seth Lovis & Co asbestos solicitor today
At Seth Lovis & Co, we have helped numerous individuals make claims for workplace asbestos exposure.
Following a successful case, our team of specialist asbestos solicitors will strive to secure maximum compensation to fund the costs of care as well as therapy. We also strive to achieve sums for lost earnings and any loss of dependency.
Please fill out an online claim form or phone us on 0370 218 4025 to find out if you are entitled to receive damages.