Asbestos in Power Stations Compensation Claims
Throughout the period immediately following the Second World War up to the 1970’s, asbestos was used extensively in the construction of power stations throughout the UK. It was used in particular as an insulating material on the boilers and associated pipework used to generate electricity.
The construction of the power stations was undertaken by numerous companies and involved a variety of trades including laggers, boiler makers, sheet metal workers, welders and electricians. Many of these individuals would not handle asbestos products but would be exposed to the dust as the lagging process would be undertaken at the same time. The asbestos fibres were normally mixed with water in large buckets on site to form a paste which would then be applied in layers to the boilers and pipes. Where asbestos blocks were used it would be necessary for them to be cut, shaped and applied on site.
As with many buildings constructed during this era, exposure to asbestos will have arisen not only from the construction process, but also from the subsequent maintenance and repair work. This is because testing and maintenance of equipment together with modifications introduced over the years will have required the removal of asbestos lagging. Limited, if any, protection was provided for employees required to undertake this work until the late 1970’s or early 1980’s.
In the event that you worked in the construction and maintenance of power stations between the 1950’s and late 1970’s/early 1980’s, there is a significant risk that you will have been exposed to asbestos dust. This in turn can lead to a number of asbestos related conditions including pleural plaques, pleural thickening, asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
At Sintons our specialist asbestos lawyers have a wealth of experience in pursuing asbestos disease compensation claims. Our database can help identify parties that may be responsible for asbestos exposure which occurred many decades ago. As a consequence it should still be possible to recover compensation even if the companies responsible are no longer in existence.
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