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Case studies

Over the last 25 years Turner Freeman has acted for persons exposed to asbestos at work including asbestos manufacturing workers, laggers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, shipbuilders, roofers, fitters, boilermakers, riggers, railway workers, waterside workers, navy personnel, pipe layers, mechanics and power station workers as well as those exposed to asbestos as a result of home renovations and washing clothes.

Turner Freeman has acted for people in all states in Australia, whose exposure to asbestos occurred in a wide variety of different ways. Many of our clients have been told that they have an asbestos disease but are unable to recall where they may have been exposed to asbestos – our lawyers are expert at taking personal and industrial histories and identifying possible asbestos exposure. Follow the links below for examples of real life case studies relating to a wide variety of different exposures.

Tradesmen & labourers

Case studies relating to carpenters, plumbers, electricians, roofers, boilermakers, fitters and others.

Asbestos Industry Workers

James Hardie & Coy Pty Limited had two factories in Perth; one at Rivervale and one at Welshpool. Bells Asbestos had a factory at O’Conner that manufactured and sold asbestos insulation products. Bradford Insulation also had a factory in Perth which manufactured some asbestos insulation products.

Silicosis and Other Dust Conditions

Many jackpick and jackhammer operators were heavily exposed to silica dust while excavating through sandstone for foundations. Others working in foundries and mills were also exposed to high levels of silica dust and have developed silicosis and progressive massive fibrosis.

Household & Bystander Exposure

Asbestos exposure is dangerous when inhaled in any setting and asbestos disease sufferers are not limited to persons who have worked with asbestos materials. Exposure to asbestos can occur and result in a disease from living or working near an asbestos mine or factory or washing a loved one’s clothes which is heavily ladden with asbestos fibres.

Heavy Industry

Many workers in heavy industry were exposed to asbestos dust and fibre on a daily basis. Workers in refineries, power stations (particularity during their construction), shipyards, steelworks and in assembly and maintenance of locomotives were often at risk.

Other Workers

Asbestos was used in an incredible variety of ways and workers in a variety of industries were exposed to sufficient quantities to cause disease. From jewellery makers to vineyard employeesbrake mechanics to brewery workers.