Case study – heavy industry workers
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.
Station workers Asbestos insulation was extensively used in power stations across Western Australia including at the Kwinana Power Station, Muja Power Station, South Fremantle Power Station and Collie Power Station to name a few.
The Whyalla Shipyards were among the largest shipyards in Australia, operating from 1941 to 1978. Over that time about 20,000 people worked there. Many of them were exposed to large quantities of asbestos dust and fibre. Many more were employed and exposed to asbestos while working at the Steelworks.