According to the Health and Safety Executive, the majority of work-related deaths in the UK are caused by asbestos. Despite the fact that all UK businesses, individuals, and organisations are prevented from importing, supplying, or using the substance, it nonetheless claims the lives of approximately 4,500 people every year.
This is attributable to the long incubation period for most asbestos-related illnesses – symptoms usually develop decades after a person's initial exposure. Tragically, for so many former asbestos workers, illnesses like mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer will shorten their lives.
Although a number of industries are associated with asbestos exposure, it is those who worked in shipbuilding who are most likely to develop an asbestos-related disease.
If you or a close member of your family has developed an asbestos-related illness as a result of employment in the shipbuilding industry, contact the industrial illness solicitors at Seth Lovis & Co today. Call 0370 218 4025 for more information.
Asbestos and shipbuilding
Because of its heat-resistant and insulating properties, asbestos was regularly used in shipbuilding, often to prevent potentially disastrous fires. However, although it was used in order to prevent harm, in a tragic paradox, asbestos was in fact the single greatest hazard facing those who came into contact with it.
Whether it was as insulation for pipes, boiler parts, or even as an ingredient mixed into paint, asbestos was extensively used up to the middle of the 1980s. As a result, many of those who worked in ports before this date suffered exposure to this substance.
The Plymouth example
Between 1981 and 2005, almost 400 men in Plymouth died from mesothelioma – a form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. A large number of these worked in the city's shipbuilding industry, often on the construction of vessels and submarines.
However, as was so often the case, employers did not give suitable warning to staff members about the dangers associated with this substance. One former employee apparently witnessed colleagues kicking slabs of asbestos and also believes personal protective equipment was inadequate.
Asbestosis claims and dock workers
If you developed an asbestos-related disease, and it was due to the negligent actions of an employer, you may be entitled to claim asbestosis or mesothelioma compensation through Seth Lovis & Co.
Our solicitors work to ensure some restitution for the injustices suffered by the many dock workers throughout the UK who, through no fault of their own, came into contact with asbestos in the workplace.
Seth Lovis & Co have extensive experience in settling asbestosis and mesothelioma claims – and dock workers are just one group who can benefit from our services. To find out if we could help you, please call us today on 0370 218 4025 or complete an online enquiry form.