Throughout most of the 20th Century, numerous companies used a material called asbestos to fulfil a number of different roles. For example, employers used asbestos on steam engines and turbines as it demonstrated excellent heat resistant and insulation properties. Furthermore, asbestos was also favoured by the construction industry and was regarded as a vital building component.
For more than a century there were concerns expressed about the safety of asbestos. However, it was not until the 1970s, that both research and anecdotal evidence regarding the dangers of asbestos began to be taken seriously.
Tragically, was not until 1999 that legislation was passed prohibiting the use, supply, or importation of asbestos in the UK.
When someone disturbs, damages, or processes asbestos, it releases fibres into the air. Once inhaled, these strands have the potential to cause a number of often fatal conditions, such as lung cancer and mesothelioma.
However, as asbestos-related diseases usually develop decades after a person initially comes into contact with this material, affected workers will typically develop their symptoms long after exposure.
Although asbestos is often associated with industry and manufacturing processes, it is in fact a naturally occurring mineral. As a result, those who worked in asbestos mines are among those most at risk of asbestos-related diseases.
If you or a close family member has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness that you believe to be attributable to exposure in the workplace, call 0808 252 0678 today for information about your legal rights and options.
Mining for asbestos
In the late 19th Century, the first commercial asbestos mine was founded in Quebec, Canada. Later, similar institutions were founded Europe, including in Scotland and England. Although early mining operations took place with little or no mechanical intervention, it has been estimated that during the 1900s, more than 30,000 tons of the mineral were excavated annually around the globe.
Demand for asbestos decreased as its dangers became apparent, however, miners continued to unearth substantial quantities of the mineral. For instance, in the United States, peak production is believed to have occurred in 1973 at 804,000 tons.
In the years after, multiple countries implemented asbestos bans. However, it may surprise some to learn that, in the United States, the last asbestos mine was closed as late as 2002.
It is beyond any doubt that the excavation of asbestos led to workers suffering dangerous health conditions, and those adversely affected may be entitled to claim asbestos compensation through the experienced and specialist lawyers at Seth Lovis & Co.
Asbestos illness and cancer claims through Seth Lovis & Co
At Seth Lovis & Co, our team has helped numerous individuals, such as shipbuilders, construction workers, and miners, receive compensation through asbestos and cancer claims.
Please send an email through an online enquiry form or, alternatively, call us today on 0808 252 0678 to find out if you could also benefit from the services of our specialised department.