Shipyard worker claims

Shipbuilding was an important industry throughout the twentieth century, which at its peak employed tens of thousands of people across the UK.

However, many workers were exposed to asbestos dust throughout the course of their employment and many of these shipyard workers have gone on to develop illnesses such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.

If you have an asbestos-related disease, call the Asbestos Claim Centre for more information about claiming compensation for the illness suffered by you or a family member.

Shipbuilding in the North East

Shipbuilding was a prominent industry in the North East of England for many years, with thousands of workers employed in operations along the River Tyne, River Wear and River Tees.

Some of the biggest employers in the area included the following shipyards:

  • Swan Hunter
  • Wallsend Slipway
  • Vickers Walker Naval Yard
  • Middle Docks
  • Hawthorn Leslie
  • Smiths Docks
  • Bartrams
  • Palmers Hebburn

Shipbuilding in the South East

The South East of the country was another important shipbuilding centre, with the Hampshire cities of Southampton and Portsmouth its main hubs. Both cities had numerous dockyards, shipbuilding and ship-repair sites. Furthermore, Gosport, a town in Hampshire not far from Portsmouth, was another important centre.

Some of the biggest employers in the area included the following shipyards:

  • HM Royal Navy Dockyard
  • Camper & Nicholson
  • Day Summers & Co

Shipbuilding in the North West

The North West, and particularly Merseyside, was another centre of the UK's powerful shipbuilding industry. There were many shipyards in the area, with a number on the River Irwell, Sankey Brook and, of course, the River Mersey.

Some of the biggest employers in the area included the following shipyards:

  • Cammell Laird
  • Harland and Wolf
  • Grayson Ship Repairers

Asbestos exposure in the shipbuilding industry

Sadly, for thousands of workers in the UK's shipbuilding industry during the twentieth century, exposure to asbestos dust and fibres was a daily reality.

Whether through lagging, insulation, building or repair work, asbestos was an ever-present threat in the workplace.

Asbestos illness incubation

Asbestos illnesses are unusual in that they typically have a long latency period before becoming active. Tragically, once they become active their progress is often swift, and deadly.

Even today the shipyard workers and their families still receive compensation for illnesses, whether for exposure in the workplace or for secondary exposure that occurred at home – with this latter kind of exposure often affecting the wives and children of workers.

Your asbestos illness claim

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition in the past three years, contact the Asbestos Claim Centre today to discuss your shipyard workers' claim in more detail. Call us on 0800 508 8747 or submit an online enquiry form through our website and we will call you to take further details.

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