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HSE Campaign targets tradespersons 2014

Carpenter  death

HotPoint worker dies from asbestos exposure North Wales

Electrician Alan shares his story

Shipyard workers Harland and Wolff

Apprentices threw asbestos around

Second hand exposure for wife of electrician

Plumber fined – Nottingham

Time bomb of fatal asbestos

Asbestos campaign by retired painter

Asbestos pensioner gets compensation

Railway worker loses life to asbestos

Electrician dies

Pipelagger dies

Railworker dies from mesothelioma

Former Basingstoke carpenter with asbestos cancer needs to speak to former colleagues

Cruel asbestos link killed Bury company director

St Austell Brewery fined over pub asbestos.

Builder gets asbestos life sentence

Building companies ignoring the dangers of Asbestos

Widow of engineer gets compensation

What was or is your trade?

Asbestos should mean something to you whatever your trade.  Are you a ..

  • Builder ?
  • Carpenter ?
  • Electrician ?
  • Gas Fitter ?
  • Joiner ?
  • Oil Refinery Worker ?
  • Plumber ?
  • Power Plant Worker ?
  • Engineer ?

Have you worked with asbestos?  Did you protect yourself when you handled asbestos?

Any building built before the year 2000 could still contain asbestos as the material was used in the construction industry in the UK up until 1980’s.   Tradespeople in Wales are most likely to incorrectly believe that some levels of asbestos are safe.  Asbestos is a material that could kill you. 1 in 17  British carpenters born in the 1940’s will die of mesothelioma. Click here for HSE discussion.

Any action that will release small flakes, dust or debris can also dislodge smaller asbestos particles.

Before the 1980’s plumbers may have found themselves working with materials made with asbestos such as valves, gaskets, joint compounds, welding rods, pipe cement and insulation.  When plumbers removed or replaced these asbestos-containing items, the fibres were frequently released into the air where they could be easily inhaled by the workers. Oil refinery workers work in an industry that has made wide use of asbestos as an insulating material.  The processes within the refinery involve high temperatures and high pressure and material containing asbestos is a natural choice, pipes, tanks, reactors, boilers, furnaces may all have contained asbestos.  Workers may have been called upon to repair damage to such equipment and asbestos fibres may be released into the surrounding environment.  The protective clothing that workers could wear may also have contained asbestos, such as gloves, aprons, face masks and shoe covers. Damage to any of these garments could also release asbestos fibres which could then be inhaled. Even the smallest incident could have triggered a reaction – but remember the delayed onset of symptoms.  An engineer who worked in a canning factory during the 1940’s and 50’s found himself with a mesothelioma diagnosis – read the article  

Only you will know if in your job you have worked with asbestos and if your health was put at risk.

It is up to you to do something about it – call us telephone: 0292 0363 550

Tradespeople Asbestos Awareness Survey Feb 2008

GP Case study, June 2011 -Disease caused by work 25 years earlier.