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During the mid-point of the 20th century, dockers, shipyard workers, and shipbuilders were some of those most at risk from asbestos exposure. Major shipbuilding works were carried out in Britain during the period between the two world wars and shipyards continued to work tirelessly to supply the military and the merchant navy throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Continuing into the 1980s, a wide variety of products used in shipbuilding contained asbestos and many workers were exposed to the mineral, which had great flame-retardant and insulating properties. Unfortunately, it was not understood by many at the time that asbestos, if inhaled or ingested, can cause deadly diseases, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.

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.

Examples of asbestos use

Asbestos was used in a wide range of products in and around ships, including:

  • Adhesives
  • Gaskets
  • Insulation and lagging
  • Packing materials
  • Pipe coverings
  • Valves

Typically, asbestos use was most prevalent in boiler rooms, engine rooms, and sleeping quarters, and shipbuilding workers who constructed these areas or maintained them during the ship's use were most at risk of being exposed to the deadly fibres. However, many dockers and shipyard engineers also came into contact with the hazardous material on a regular basis.

Making a claim for asbestos-related disease

Seth Lovis & Co has helped workers in the shipbuilding industry from across the UK claim compensation for asbestos-related diseases including asbestosis and mesothelioma.

We have acted for workers who were exposed to asbestos during their employment and can also represent family members who developed asbestos-related diseases as a result of many years exposure to asbestos fibres through "secondary" exposure.

Most asbestos-related illnesses are not diagnosed until many years after exposure, but this does not mean that you cannot claim against your employer, even if the shipyard has closed down. Our team of expert asbestos solicitors can trace non-operational companies and claim damages for your illness from the firm which insured them.

If you think you may have been exposed to asbestos at work and are suffering any of the symptoms of asbestosis or mesothelioma you should first seek advice and healthcare from a doctor as soon as possible. If your illness is confirmed as being as a result of asbestos exposure then you should talk to the asbestos claims solicitors at Seth Lovis & Co.

Making an industrial disease claim may feel like a daunting prospect, but our experience in this field makes us rightly placed to help you receive the compensation you deserve.

Call today to speak with a solicitor in our asbestos department on 0370 218 4025 or fill in an online claim form by clicking here.

Further reading

Asbestos in Portsmouth and Southampton ship building
Asbestos claims in Medway
Liverpool asbestos exposure
Asbestos in Tyneside shipyards
Asbestos in Grimsby

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