Asbestos disease still a problem in Aberdeen today

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Asbestos disease is not a cruel relic of Scotland’s Industrial past. It is not confined to Glasgow and the central belt of Scotland.

Asbestos related conditions are a real and increasing problem for many people and their families in the North-East of Scotland.

Asbestos disease in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

In Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire alone between 2009 and 2014 there were 73 reported deaths from Mesothelioma (an asbestos related lung cancer) and many more individuals diagnosed with Asbestos related lung cancer, Asbestosis, Pleural Thickening and Pleural Plaques

Aberdeenshire shipyards used asbestos until late 1970s

Aberdeenshire has a long connection with industries where asbestos was commonly used.

Shipyards such as Hall Russell, John Lewis and Sons, Herd and MacKenzie and Jones of Buckie produced many different ships including Clippers, motor yachts, Fishing Vessels and various types of Warships including Minesweepers and Corvettes, Ferries and Cargo Vessels.

Until the late 1970’s asbestos materials were used on board ships as insulating material and the conditions in the yards meant that there was a lack of safeguards to control dangerous dust from the asbestos work and protect individuals against exposure.

Asbestos disease could develop many years later

The legacy the men who built these ships (and their families) have to live with is the knowledge that the conditions they worked in may result in them developing asbestos related conditions many years later.

The risk of asbestos exposure is not limited to shipyard workers.

Building trade workers at risk of developing an asbestos disease.

Many workers in the building trade are also at risk of developing an asbestos disease.

Asbestos materials were commonly used in buildings by Joiners, Plumbers, Heating Engineers, Electricians, Plasterers, and Slaters.

Asbestos disease claims against north east building firms already

Asbestos disease claims have been raised against many north-east firms including Alexander Hall and Son, Peter Cameron Builders, Bardolin Scotia and Crudens on the basis that they exposed their workers to asbestos, even after the risks of exposure became well known.

Even today, workers in the north-east are at risk of asbestos exposure

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) warn that offshore platforms built before 1999 can contain asbestos related materials.

Many of these platforms remain in use and the HSE are aware of several cases where asbestos has been poorly managed and disturbed by unsuspecting workers.

What should you do if you have an asbestos disease?

In any asbestos disease case, it is important to get the proper support and advice as soon as possible.

Asbestos Action

Asbestos Action is able to meet the increasing demand for personal, one-to-one advice and support to those from the North East whose lives have been affected by asbestos exposure.

Digby Brown’s Asbestos Disease Solicitors

Digby Brown’s specialist Asbestos Disease solicitors work closely with John Fearn and Dianne Foster at Asbestos Action to provide Legal Advice to anyone affected by an asbestos disease claim and to help recover the damages they may be entitled to.