Asbestos claims for construction workers

Up until 1999, and the ban on the importation, supply and use of the material in the UK, asbestos was widely used across many industries, including construction. In fact, any building constructed before this date may well contain asbestos, whether it is a school, office or home. The Health and Safety Executive is clear on the current threat posed to construction workers:

Construction and maintenance workers are in the most at-risk groups from asbestos-related diseases due to the nature of their work. The widespread occurrence of asbestos as a product in buildings constructed or refurbished prior to 2000, means that inadvertent disturbance of asbestos-containing materials can be frequent and regular where asbestos products have not been adequately identified or managed.

There are many pre-existing construction materials which contain some form of asbestos. These include the following and should never be disturbed except in the most controlled and most thoroughly risk-assessed of circumstances:

  • Insulating cement
  • Insulating block
  • Asbestos cement pipe
  • Pipe covering
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Linoleum backing
  • Fire bricks
  • Ventilation systems
  • HVAC duct insulation
  • Floor tiles
  • Boiler insulation
  • Fire doors
  • Electrical insulation
  • Transite fittings
  • Roofing felt

Asbestos cancer deaths in the UK construction industry

Every year in the UK around 4,000 construction workers die as a result of an occupational cancer (accounting for half of all UK occupational cancer deaths), with around 70% of these attributable to asbestos exposure. Many professions within the building industries are affected. They include the following:

  • General contractors
  • Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Glaziers
  • Stone pavers
  • Scaffolders
  • Flooring and tiling workers
  • Demolition workers
  • Carpenters and joiners
  • Brick workers
  • Roofers
  • Scaffolders
  • Insulators
  • Sheet metal workers
  • Painters

If you, or someone you know, is from one of these construction occupational groups and has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness such as mesothelioma or asbestosis, you may be able to claim compensation. This is true even if the exposure occurred several decades ago and the liable employer has gone out of business; Asbestos Claim Centre can help trace insurers to ensure they provide full damages amounts in these circumstances.

Contact Asbestos Claim Centre today

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related condition in the past three years, contact our personal injury lawyers to discuss your construction worker's asbestos claim in more detail.

Call us on 0800 508 8747 or submit an online enquiry form on our website and we will call you to take further details.

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