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Tradesman & labourers

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


Turner Freeman has acted for hundreds of carpenters who have handled, cut, drilled, rasped and worked with asbestos cement fibro building materials while building, renovating and demolishing houses and other buildings. Fibrolite, Hardiflex, Versilux, Six corrugated sheeting, Tilux and countless other types of fibro sheets were used in a large amount of homes built in Western Australia.

Boilermakers and Fitters

Up until the 1980′s boilermakers and fitters working in power stations, on board ships, in refineries, manufacturing plants and heavy industry were heavily exposed to asbestos. Boilermakers and fitters handled, removed, worked with and worked nearby to others working with asbestos insulation.


Most plumbers who worked during the 1940′s,1950′s, 1960′s and 1970′s were extensively exposed to asbestos dust and fibre while working on domestic and industrial and commercial sites. Domestic plumbers came into contact with asbestos cement fibro building products while installing gutters, flu pipes and working on roofs, in bathrooms and in laundries.


Asbestos corrugated sheeting manufactured by James Hardie including Super Six and standard corrugated sheets were used as roofing on many homes and factories in Western Australia. Corrugated sheets could not be cut with fibro cutters and needed a hand saw or power saw to be cut.


Many electricians were exposed to asbestos while working on industrial and commercial sites and on the construction and renovation of houses. Electrical switchboards were typically lined with an asbestos sheet, which had to be cut and drilled. Some electrical wiring was coated with asbestos.