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Disclosure documents in Cape claim to be made publicly available

The Asbestos Victims Support Group Forum UK has championed a campaign to the High Court to prevent the destruction of a vast number of documents, which were pulled together as a part of disclosure in the case of Concept 70 & others v Cape International Holdings Ltd [2017].

What was the Concept 70 case?

The original claim from Concept 70 was for a financial contribution from Cape, to the settlement of a number of asbestos disease claims which related to asbestos exposure between 1955 and 1980 with Cape.

A huge amount of disclosure was pulled together as a part of this claim in order to consider the insurers request for contributions from Cape. The Concept 70 case was settled before any judgment was handed down and The Asbestos Victims Support Group Forum UK had heard that a term of the settlement was that many of the documents held by Cape would soon be destroyed.

What did the Asbestos Victims Support Group Forum UK do?

The Asbestos Victims Support Group Forum UK appointed Graham Dring to bring the claim on their behalf. An application to the Court that these historic asbestos documents be preserved was made, pending a further application for disclosure.

On 5 December 2017 Master McCloud in the High Court, who also used to sit as a specialist asbestos judge, granted permission for a number of disclosure documents in the Concept 70 claim to be made available including witness statements, expert reports, transcripts, disclosed documents relied on by the parties at Trial, written submissions and skeletons and statements of case.

Why is this decision important?

The decision to order disclosure of these documents is significant for both mesothelioma claims generally and in particular future and current claims against Cape. It is hoped that the documents will allow an insight into the historic practices surrounding the use of asbestos in the asbestos industry and will assist mesothelioma and asbestos claimants to progress their claims as swiftly as possible to a successful conclusion.

What is so important about Cape?

Cape is intrinsically linked with the asbestos industry in the UK. It has frequently been thought that Cape hid their knowledge of the dangers of asbestos from their work force and the general public for 

a number of years, these documents will hopefully shed some light on this. Cape played a critical role in the asbestos industry and gave evidence to the Advisory Committee on Asbestos and heavily influenced historic policies on asbestos usage.

We fully support the decision to allow for disclosure of Cape’s documents and believe that this will greatly benefit our clients with mesothelioma.

What might the documents be used for?

In handing down her judgment Master McCloud considered the request for what the documents might be used for:

  • Make the material publicly available
  • To promote academic consideration as to the science and history of asbestos and asbestolux exposure and production
  • To improve the understanding of the genesis and legitimacy of TDN13 and any industry lobbying leading to it in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Understand the industrial history of Cape and its development of knowledge of asbestos safety
  • Clarify the extent to which Cape is or is not responsible for product safety issues arising from the handling of asbestolux boards
  • To assist court claims and the provision of advice to asbestos disease sufferers.

Mavis Nye Foundation - Here to help all 'Meso Warriors'

On 07 December 2017 Boyes Turner Solicitors attended the Mavis Nye Foundation launch party at the Richmond Hill Hotel.

The Mavis Nye Foundation was started by Mavis herself following her lengthy, but successful battle with mesothelioma that started in 2009.

Mesothelioma is a terminal cancer suffered as a result of exposure to asbestos, the Industrial Disease team at Boyes Turner help sufferers and their families to get compensation from former employers to provide for their families after they are gone or in the case of one of the teams most recent high profile cases making sure that there is funding for treatment that is not available on the NHS.

The foundation has many aims, though its primary ones are:

  1. To raise funds for vital research in to mesothelioma treatments and cures.
  2. To fund specialist mesothelioma medical experts and lung cancer nurses.
  3. To provide hardship grants to mesothelioma victims and their families.

The launch party was well attended with some 200 people attending to include medical experts, lawyers, scientists and a number of "Meso Warriors", the surviving family members of mesothelioma victims.

The party included a champagne reception, a 3-course silver service meal, a raffle, an auction and an evening of dancing from Mavis' son who provided a night of 60's music entertainment.

The evening raised thousands of pounds for the foundation and Boyes Turner were delighted to donate a number of prizes to the raffle and auction.

Below are a number of photographs from the evening.

 

If you would like to donate to the Mavis Nye Foundation please visit

Q&A - Defunct defendants

Q The company I worked for is long gone, can I pursue a claim?

It is common for people to have been employed by companies many years ago in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s which have since disappeared or been dissolved. We will search for the employers’ liability insurers for the period you were employed by the company. If we do manage to trace the applicable insurers, we can notify the insurers of your potential claim and obtain compensation from them.

Q In that case, would you sue the insurers directly?

Currently no.  It may be that we can negotiate a settlement prior to the issue of proceedings, but ultimately if the insurers are not willing to negotiate, we would need to issue the claim in the Court. Current legal practice is to issue proceedings against the company that employed you and we would need to make an application to the Companies Court to formally restore your employer to the Companies Register. This is a fairly straightforward process and is usually done “on the papers” without any need for a court hearing (which you would not be required to attend in any event).

Q Was a company required to have employers’ liability insurance?

Companies were required to have employers’ liability insurance from 1972 onwards. We have found that often large and indeed small companies had insurance prior to this date. The difficulty is that there was no requirement for the companies to keep a record of their insurance policies. There are several ways in which we can trace insurance though, including making an application to the Employers Liability Tracing Office, contacting former directors/secretaries, going through the old company records and accounts (to see if any premiums were paid to insurers) and instructing an insurance archaeologist.

Q What if no insurance can be found?

If no employers’ liability insurance can be found, then you can make an application under the Pneumoconiosis Workers Compensation Act for a lump sum from the Government.

Q I am suffering from mesothelioma though.  Surely some further compensation should be available?

Indeed!  An application can be made to the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme 2014 if you are suffering from mesothelioma. Further information can be found here. One of the criteria is that asbestos exposure must have occurred during employment where the employer is no longer in existence and no insurance can be traced. The asbestos exposure also needs to have occurred negligently.

Q I am suffering from mesothelioma but I do not think I was exposed during employment.  Am I eligible for a court or government award?

If you believe you contracted mesothelioma through washing a loved one’s clothes, through environmental exposure or some other way, then it may still be possible to pursue a civil claim through the court provided the company is still in existence, or we know the identity of the applicable public liability insurers. The DMPS 2014 is only designed for cases of employment, but smaller government awards are available via the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme 2008.  Please contact us for further information or visit this website. We can also advise whether it is possible to pursue claims where exposure happened during self-employment or through other means. Benefits may also be available and we recommend you contact Mesothelioma UK or we can direct you to a local support group to assist you with this.

If you or a family member have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, we may be able to help. Contact us on 0800 029 4808 or email IDClaims@boyesturner.com for a free initial discussion. 

Dreaming of a White (Asbestos) Christmas

For many of us, snow is synonymous with Christmas. Bing Crosby famously dreamt of it, while Christmas cards are often decorated with snow-filled scenes depicting a white Christmas.

The famous Bing Crosby scene was in the film Holiday Inn, where he sings “White Christmas” as snow falls around him. Unsurprisingly, artificial snow was used.  Shockingly, it was made from chrysotile asbestos.

In the beginning, cotton was used to make artificial snow but, in 1928, an article written by a firefighter advised people to stop using cotton as it is flammable, and instead to use asbestos. Consequently, asbestos-made snow became popular for many years.

Chrysotile asbestos is pure white in color, and greatly mimics the look of authentic snow. It was used in many Hollywood films. As well as Holiday Inn, it was also used in The Wizard of Oz in the scene where Dorothy and the scarecrow, tin man and lion are unconscious in a poppy field and the snow begins to fall.

Little did the cast members know that they were being showered with a potentially lethal carcinogen.

Due to the increasing popularity of artificial snow, manufacturers began making and marketing numerous brands for public use. Some of the more popular brands include “White Christmas,” “Snow Drift,” “White Magic,” and “Pure White.”

Shops also used asbestos snow for window displays and scenery, meaning that shoppers risked inhaling asbestos fibres while doing their Christmas shopping.

Today, fake snow and decorations can be made from materials with different types of fire retardant and the use of asbestos has been banned in the UK. But this does not mean that the problem has gone away. In many homes, traditional Christmas ornaments are saved for decades, passed down the generations and used to decorate the tree year after year. Some of these may have been purchased when asbestos snow was still in use and may still pose a threat decades later. It is fair to say that this would not result in heavy exposure, but it has been accepted for a long time that there is no safe level of exposure.

If you have any old Christmas ornaments that were around when asbestos was in use, we recommend that they are tested by a certified asbestos inspector.

We wish all our readers a happy (asbestos free) Christmas.

Boyes Turner's Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer Study Day 2017

On 22 September 2017 Boyes Turner’s specialist asbestos claims team hosted their 4th Annual Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer Study Day at their Abbey Street offices in Reading.

The free event was chaired by Kim Smerdon, Partner at Boyes Turner who leads the asbestos claims team, assisted by Peter Olszewski, Solicitor, and was well attended.

The delegates were provided with an excellent update from a variety of medical, patient, nursing and legal contributors with speakers as follows:

  • Dr Stephen Ellis, Consultant Thoracic Radiologist, St Thomas’ Hospital
    “The radiology of asbestos related diseases and their mimics”
  • Dr Sam Hare, Consultant Chest Radiologist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
    “Ambulatory Lung Biopsy – a new model for the UK”
  • Scott Bentley, Operations Director, Resource and Environmental Consultants Ltd
    “Asbestos in the workplace”
  • Simon Levene, Barrister, 12 Kings Bench Walk Chambers
    “What happens in mesothelioma litigation from the patient’s perspective?”
  • Anne Moylan, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mesothelioma UK
    “Trials in mesothelioma care”
  • Mavis Nye, Surviving mesothelioma victim
    “The Mavis Nye Foundation”
  • Jane Canavan and Charlotte Merriman, Rehabilitation specialists, SOLACE, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
    “Thoracic surgery rehabilitation”
  • Dr Alan McKenna, Associate Law Lecturer, The University of Kent
    “A critical analysis of issues across the asbestos spectrum”

The day was well received by the attending delegates, who had come from various different professional backgrounds but all with an interest in mesothelioma and lung cancer. Feedback including the following:

“Very insightful” “Inspirational” “Very informative”

“Very well organised”

“A very good insightful day, very well put together”

“Great day, felt looked after and now more informed, thank you” “Excellent facilities”

Dr Hare’s talk was particularly well received, describing his practice at Barnet Hospital of an alternative model for lung biopsy, resulting in a quicker discharge for the patient, thereby avoiding hospital admission. The knock-on effect of this is savings in clinical time and cost. The model, which is empowering for patients who are able to leave hospital quickly and go about their normal lives, also results in earlier lung cancer diagnoses in more patients.

Dr Ellis’s presentation, aided by visual representations, was an interesting reminder for all as to how asbestos disease presents in the lungs.

Scott Bentley’s “great session” had a wider interest to everyone in the room, not least on a personal level, as he described the ongoing dangers of asbestos in the modern day.

Barrister, Simon Levene, explained mesothelioma claims from a legal perspective in a way which the delegates understood and enjoyed.

The nurses in the audience found Anne Moylan’s talk about mesothelioma trials informative and relevant. It is hugely encouraging that there are now so many mesothelioma trials.

Everyone in the room found Mavis and Ray an inspiration, “the human voice” bringing mesothelioma to life.

Concluding the successful day, Jane Canavan and Charlotte Merriman spoke about thoracic surgery rehabilitation, which delegates found “relevant” and Alan McKenna gave a critical analysis of asbestos issues to close, which was “interesting”.

Our thanks to all the speakers and delegates involved who helped to make the day a great success.

APIL Members to provide feedback on the Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme

The Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme was introduced in 2014 to compensate people who were exposed to asbestos during their employment, in cases where the employers are dissolved and the employer’s liability insurers can’t be traced.  The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Mesothelioma was diagnosed on or after 25 July 2012.
  • The mesothelioma was caused by negligent exposure to asbestos during employment.
  • All the employers who exposed the victim to asbestos cannot be traced.
  • No civil claim has been made against any employer or insurer.
  • The claim is made within 3 years of the date of diagnosis.
  • The relevant employer’s liability insurers can’t be traced.
  • Dependant of someone who has died in the past 12 months due to mesothelioma.

The Scheme now pays out 100% of the average amount awarded in civil claims for those diagnosed on or after 10 February 2015.   The Scheme pays out 80% of the average amount awarded for those diagnosed with mesothelioma between 25 July 2012 and 9 February 2015. 

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

All our solicitors are members of the Associate of Personal Injury Lawyers and we regularly help clients make applications to the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme. [Kate – please link “help clients make applications” to https://www.industrialdiseaselawyers.co.uk/our-cases/industrial-disease/160000-gross-recovered-from-diffuse-mesothelioma-payment-scheme]

One of the most respected organisations in this field, APIL has been fighting for the rights of injured people for over 25 years, working hard on their behalf and campaigning to ensure that injured people receive the compensation they deserve. APIL’s work and that of its members makes a tangible difference to the lives of injured people.   

APIL works closely with many of Boyes Turner’s favourite charities including Mesothelioma UK.

APIL have invited their members to provide important feedback on the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme.  Administration of the Scheme is monitored by committee which includes Bridget Collier from APIL’s Executive Committee.  Our lawyers will, of course, be providing any feedback to APIL, but if you have any comments about your experience with the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme, whether positive or negative, we should be glad to hear it and we can pass on your views to APIL.

Feedback needs to be received ideally before 30 October.

The Cape Factory, Bowburn - memories and mesothelioma

Bowburn, a small village on the outskirts of Durham, has been left a sad legacy from an old asbestos factory. Today a new housing development is located on the site of the old Cape factory. The factory operated in Bowburn from 1964 until it closed in 1990.

Our client, an elderly lady, remembers the Cape factory for many reasons. Her home, where she has lived for most of her life, is located a quarter of a mile from the site. Dust emanated from the factory and it became part of her every-day routine to sweep the dust away from her path and clean the dust off her windows and window sills. Her children played outside her home and in the fields adjoining the Cape factory.

Her son also worked at the factory where he came into contact with asbestos on a daily basis. As his mother’s house was so close to the factory, he called into see her every day on his way to or from work for a chat and a cup of tea. At one stage during his employment with Cape he returned home to live with his mother for some months and she washed his overalls for him during this time.

Sadly, our client developed mesothelioma, an aggressive and usually incurable cancer that develops in the lungs when tiny fibres of asbestos are inhaled. Others in the village of Bowburn have also contracted mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

Boyes Turner’s asbestos-related disease specialists are skilled at obtaining compensation for sufferers of asbestos-related disease and have obtained justice for many other people similarly affected by Cape (read some of them here and here). In this case, we helped our elderly client make a claim for compensation. Cape initially denied all responsibility but after gathering sufficient evidence to prove our client’s case, we secured a significant sum in settlement.

Boyes Turner colour runners raise vital funds for mesothelioma UK

The specialist asbestos disease team at Boyes Tuner took part in the Windsor Colour Obstacle Rush on 20 May 2017 to raise vital funds for Mesothelioma UK, the UK’s leading mesothelioma specialist charity.

The runners who took part in the colour rush were Peter Olszewski, Niamh Sherwood, Natalie Zaph, Annabelle NeilsonMelloney Harbutt, Adrianna Rajwa and Zarqa Rasab who are part of the specialist industrial team at Boyes Turner.

The Colour Obsctacle Rush is a unique event combining the fun of colour powdered runs, the thrill of an obstacle course and the atmosphere of a music festival.

The first Colour Obstacle Rush was held in Finland in 2014 under the Finnish name “Variestejuoksu”.  The 2014 tour became the most popular obstacle run series in Scandinavia.

One of our runners, Peter Olszewski said, “the run was hard work encompassing 5km of running, plenty of obstacles to haul yourself over and lots of colour thrown in to the mix, but it was real fun at the same time and well worth the effort to raise money for such a great charity”.

To date the team have managed to raise a whopping £460 in sponsorship and donations are still coming in.  If you would like to donate to the Boyes Turner fund raising efforts please visit our page.

Mesothelioma and nutrition

Controlling your nutritional intake is important for all people, but especially important for people with lung cancers such as mesothelioma or asbestos induced lung cancer.

Lung cancer patients usually suffer from loss of muscle after their diagnosis and this loss will often have a negative impact on their prognosis.

Many medical reports from around the world have shown that controlling your nutritional intake after a diagnosis of lung cancer will have a positive effect on your general well-being and will also aid your physicians when they are treating you.

Planning your nutritional intake

Mesothelioma & nutrition

In order to control your future nutritional intake you should liaise with your treating physicians, care providers and family members in order to:

  • Discuss what foods you do and do not like.
  • To discuss which foods will assist you with your treatment.
  • So your care providers and family members can have a shopping list of positive foods to purchase and negative foods to avoid.
  • For the benefit of meal planning.
  • To assist people with meal preparation.
  • To discuss which foods will assist you with your general well-being.
  • To remove any unnecessary stress when considering your nutritional intake when suffering from lung cancer.

The desired outcome of a good nutritional diet

The desired outcome of a good nutritional diet is to feed your body the nutrients necessary to maintain a healthy weight and to assist you in adjusting to changes brought on by aggressive medical treatment or a deterioration in your mesothelioma. It is important to remember that the normal rules for healthy eating may be substantially different for someone with a lung cancer such as mesothelioma.

Consulting a nutritionist

Mesothelioma & Nutrition

A good nutritionist who is aware of your mesothelioma can assist with:

  • Preventing malnutrition
  • Correcting poor nutrition
  • Assisting your body to better tolerate aggressive treatments such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery
  • Maintaining your ability to fight infection
  • Maintaining your general health and well-being which may well increase your general eligibility for clinical trials
  • Maintaining or improving your quality of life
  • Preventing the wasting of lean body mass, bone or muscle
  • Maintaining your strength and energy

What foods should you eat

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends a healthy diet which is one rich in plant foods, low in processed foods and low in red meats. In particular the ACS recommends:

  • Eating at least 2½ cups of fruits and vegetables every day. These foods should be included with every meal and also eaten for snacks.
  • Consuming a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and avoid fruit juices that aren’t 100 percent juice.
  • Choosing whole grains over refined grains. Whole grain foods are those made from the entire grain seed.
  • Compared to refined grains, whole grains are lower in calorie density and higher in fibre, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Limiting processed meat and red meat consumption. Processed meats include products like bacon, sausage, and hot dogs, whilst beef, pork, and lamb are considered red meats.
  • Substituting processed and red meats with fish, poultry, and high-protein non-red meats such as chicken or turkey will be of nutritional benefit to you.
  • Limiting your alcohol consumption.

Mesothelioma & Nutrition

Additionally, the ACS generally recommends familiarising yourself with food labels, for example, a “low fat” food isn’t necessarily a “low calorie” food. High-calorie foods can cause overweight and obesity, conditions that contribute to up to 1/5 of all cancer-related mortality.

The ACS also recommends controlling your portion sizes when having main meals and snacking (healthily) in-between main meals.

Foods to assist you with side effects of medical treatment

Side effectDietary advice
NauseaEating bland foods such as rice and toast can help absorb stomach acid.

Try to avoid strong-smelling foods.

FatigueIncrease your overall daily caloric intake to supply your body with increased energy.
DiarrheaAvoid greasy, fatty or fried foods, raw vegetables, strong spices, alcohol and caffeine.
ConstipationConsuming foods with high amounts of soluble fibre such as bananas, potatoes and oatmeal will assist you with battling constipation.

Probiotics found in yogurt may also assist in battling constipation.

Dry mouthConsuming foods with a high water content such as fruits, popsicles, gelatin and milkshakes will assist in battling a dry mouth.

Avoid dry, salty foods such as crackers and pretzels.

DehydrationConsuming foods with high water content (see foods above) will assist in battling dehydration.

Avoid alcohol and caffeine.

Increase your daily fluid intake.

Loss of appetiteConsider specially designed nutritional drinks.

Eat smaller meals every two to three hours, and enjoy the foods that appeal to you provided they are healthy.

Keeping high-calorie snacks such as nuts and cheese on hand will also assist in case you suddenly experience hunger.

Weight lossWork with your treatment physicians to maintain a healthy weight after diagnosis.

Most hospitals and cancer centres can put you in contact with a nutritionist or dietitian who can help you set and meet healthy weight goals.

VomitingAvoid fried or sugary foods, as well as spicy foods.
Mouth soresAvoid eating spicy foods or foods that require chewing.  Instead eat soft and bland foods like mashed potatoes, milkshakes, smoothies and ice cream which will be easier to consume and will not agitate your symptoms.

This article has been prepared to provide asbestos induced lung cancer and mesothelioma patients with a general advice as to good nutritional intake, however in all cases a qualified nutritionist or medical professional should be consulted before making any radical changes to your diet and in relation to any specific symptoms you may be suffering from.

The professions most likely to result in a case of mesothelioma

There are a number of ways someone can be exposed to asbestos including, when at work, when working in the vicinity of others using asbestos, when laundering clothes covered in asbestos dust, when living in the vicinity of an asbestos producing factory and when working or living in a building containing asbestos to name but a few.

In this article the professions most likely to be exposed to be exposed to asbestos are discussed.

Laggers

Lagging has been mixed and applied for many years to pipes, boilers, structural steelwork and furnaces etc to provide a heat containing covering to the item.

The lagging applied can be made up of a number of different materials to include fibre glass, foam and asbestos.

It is when people are mixing up and applying asbestos lagging that they are at most risk of suffering from an asbestos related disease such as diffuse pleural thickening, asbestosis, asbestos induced lung cancer or mesothelioma.

The application of asbestos lagging involved laggers pouring large bags of asbestos lagging powder in to a drum of water and then mixing the water and paste together to form a thick insulating paste which was then applied to a surface. The pouring of the lagging powder in to the drum of water caused large plumes of asbestos dust to be emitted in to the working environment which would land all over the lagger. The mixing of the lagging powder and water caused further asbestos dust to be kicked up in to the air.

The application of the asbestos paste to items is also highly dangerous.

Asbestos could also be sprayed in to place in a wet form once mixed which was also highly dangerous due to the amount of asbestos fibres that were sprayed in the air and that came raining down on the worker.

Professions most likely to result in mesothelioma

Lagging is one of the most dangerous asbestos professions and laggers are at a high risk of suffering from mesothelioma.

Plumbers and fitters

Plumbers and fitters often encountered asbestos lagging on site when removing old asbestos lagging so the pipes or boiler underneath could be worked on or when applying asbestos to new installations.

The removal of old asbestos lagging usually involved the worker hacking the old asbestos lagging off using a variety of tools such as hacksaws, hammers, crow bars and even their bare hands. This asbestos removal work released millions of asbestos fibres in to the workplace which would land all over the worker and surrounding work surfaces.

The worker would then clean up after their asbestos removal works using tools such as dustpans, brushes, brooms and shovels.  This caused the asbestos dust to be kicked up in to the air again.

professions most likely to result in a case of mesothelioma

When applying new asbestos lagging the worker would either mix asbestos lagging as per the above, or use pre-mixed asbestos putty such as “monkey muck” to pack out asbestos glands.

Asbestos string was also cut and used to seal glands and joints.  The use of asbestos string also released dangerous asbestos fibres in to the environment.

Carpenters

Carpenters often came in to contact when working on installations containing asbestos or when installing asbestos products such as asbestos containing insulation board or “asbestolux”.

professions most likely to result in a case of mesothelioma

Many places contain asbestos board which has been installed as ceiling boards, wall boards and in asbestos containing fire doors. Asbestos was used due to its fire retardant and acoustic properties.

Carpenters would encounter this asbestos when carrying out rip-outs, modifications and repairs to older properties.

Carpenters would also encounter asbestos when installing asbestos boards on site.

The carpenters would cut the asbestos boards using wood saws, pad saws and circular power saws. The asbestos boards then had there edges smoothed off using a plane. Holes were then drilled in to the boards to allow pipes to pass through them and for fixing purposes. All of these tasks released millions of asbestos fibres in to the working environment.

The carpenters would also have to clean up after themselves each day which caused further asbestos dust to be kicked up in to the air.

Boiler workers

Boiler workers would often encounter asbestos lagging on old boilers they were working on, when applying asbestos lagging to new boilers and when using monkey muck and asbestos string to seal glands on boilers.

professions most likely to result in a case of mesothelioma

 

Boiler workers suffered high exposure to asbestos on a regular basis due to the fact that boilers and their associated pipework carry extremely high temperature water and steam in pipes which needed to be insulated to contain the heat and to protect people from burns.

Electricians

Electricians were also exposed to asbestos when working on sites installing electrical installations where asbestos lagging was present or being applied.

Electricians also often worked in enclosed loft spaces where loose fill asbestos insulation was in the loft for insulating purposes.

Many electricians also installed asbestos insulated cables on immersion heaters and on boilers.

professions most likely to result in a case of mesothelioma

Electricians would also use pad saws to cut holes in asbestos boards for socket and switch boxes to be mounted on to.

Asbestos is also an insulating material so asbestos board was often cut to shape and secured to walls for fuse boards to be fitted on top of to provide an insulation barrier between the fuse board and the wall.

The above jobs exposed electricians to millions of asbestos fibres on a regular basis.

School teachers

Many schools in Great Britain contain asbestos on lagged pipe work, in ceiling and wall boards, in fire doors and in other places such as cupboards where asbestos boards were used for shelving.

Teachers over time would be exposed to millions of asbestos fibres when slamming doors which caused asbestos fibres to be released from the doors, walls and ceilings, when pinning children’s work to asbestos walls using drawing pins, when leaning against asbestos pipes and when putting things on and taking things off of asbestos shelves.

professions most likely to result in a case of mesothelioma

There have been hundreds of cases of mesothelioma involving teachers.

Vehicle mechanics

Many mechanical items contained asbestos materials. Examples of asbestos containing materials include brake discs, clutch pads and insulating materials in the engine compartment to name but a few.

professions most likely to result in a case of mesothelioma

Mechanics were exposed to high levels of asbestos dust when blowing out asbestos dust from wheel arches with high pressured air lines when changing the asbestos brakes, when removing old asbestos brake pads, when grinding, drilling and chamfering asbestos brake pads to fit a vehicle and when working on asbestos containing clutches.

As mechanics often worked in contained spaces such as within a wheel arch there asbestos exposure was high.

Artexers and plasterers

Artex and plaster often had asbestos mixed in to it as a bonding agent. Artexers and plasteres would mix asbestos based arte up in the same way that asbestos lagging was mixed exposing them to copious amounts of asbestos dust.

Typically artex and plaster mix contained around 3% asbestos.

Roofers

Many roofers were exposed to asbestos when installing asbestos based roofing tiles or when cutting “Big 6” asbestos corrugated roofing sheets to size and then fitting them.

Asbestos tiles would need to be cut to shape and size using hack saws.

Asbestos corrugated sheeting would need to be cut to shape and size using power saws and then drilled for fixing purposes.

The cutting and drilling of asbestos roofing materials caused copious amounts of asbestos dust to be released in to the air, especially when circular saws were used.

Other professions

Many more professions were exposed to asbestos on a regular basis to include shipbuilders, shiprepairers, emergency service workers, members of the armed forces and construction workers to name but a few.

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