09 February 2015
Shipyard Workers in Scotland Exposed to Asbestos
Historically Scotland has had a lot of asbestos compensation claims. This is because many workers were exposed to asbestos dust and fibres in the late 1960s.
Clydeside had 32 shipbuilding yards and the asbestos industry had become central to the economy in Scotland. The roots of this asbestos industry date back to the 1870s. It was then that Glasgow became home to the first ever companies to develop asbestos products. When the new century began in 1900 the Clydeside economy boasted over 50 asbestos manufacturers.
The asbestos industry in Scotland developed further with multinational asbestos companies expanding their operations into Scotland. Production and consumption of asbestos grew in the twentieth century as it became commonly used as a material to fire proof and to insulate.
High Risk Jobs in the 1960’s
People who worked in shipbuilding yards in Scotland around the 1960s are sadly now at risk of fatal mesothelioma and other Asbestos Diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and pleural thickening. In the building industry asbestos panelling was commonly used for insulation and fire proofing. Many workers in marine engineering, ship repairs, locomotive construction and maintenance are likely to have come into contact with asbestos fibres or dust in the workplace.
If you, or a family member worked on a shipyard in Scotland in the 1960s, you could make a claim provided it is within three years of being diagnosed with an asbestos related disease. You can claim compensation for exposure to asbestos fibres at work even if the company you worked for at the time has since gone out of business.
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