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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. These factories employed hundreds of workers who were exposed to asbestos.

James Hardie employees

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

Asbestos Sprayers

Spraying was often used as a method of application for asbestos when insulating steel beams and structures and bulkheads on ships. A machine was commonly used to mix asbestos with water.

Insulation Workers

Mr. C Mr. C emigrated to Australia from Malta in 1956. In 1964 he found work at the Bradford Insulation factory Mr. C worked at the factory for 10 months. One of his jobs was to pack a blue asbestos mixture into bags.

Asbestos Pipe Layers

Thousands of metres of asbestos cement pipes used by the Post Masters’ General Department (PMG, later Telstra), were laid underground throughout Western Australia. Labourers installed and repaired the asbestos cement pipes, cutting them with saws, chain cutters and grinders. Mr. M Mr. M was born in Greece. He emigrated to Australia in 1955.

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