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 employees; brake mechanics to brewery workers.
Asbestos was used in brake and clutch linings for cars, trucks and locomotives manufactured and sold in Australia until 2003. Mechanics who handled, cut, riveted, ground, chamfered and bevelled brake linings were exposed to asbestos and later developed asbestos diseases.
Asbestos products were widely used in industry up until the 1970′s, including in beer and wine making. Asbestos was used during the filtration process. Asbestos insulation was also used as lagging on steam and hot water pipes and boilers throughout vineyards and breweries.
Turner Freeman has acted for a number of persons exposed to asbestos during the process of making jewellery, either as a hobby or as a profession. Below are some examples of cases we have successfully prosecuted.