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Asbestos claims in Birmingham and the West Midlands

People who have worked in parts of the UK where there has been a lot of heavy industry in the past, such as in the West Midlands, are at an increased risk of developing asbestos related diseases, including mesothelioma.

Birmingham has a proud industrial heritage and was known as the “workshop of the world.”  The city was close to the coalfields of Warwickshire and has many canals which made it a vital location for manufacturing industries.

The city manufactured a diverse range of goods ranging from cars to jewellery. After the industrial revolution it became the “city of a thousand trades” because of  the variety of goods that it manufactured.

The heat and fire resistant qualities of asbestos meant that is was widely used in factories and manufacturing plants.   Factories and power stations routinely used asbestos insulation to lag pipework, boilers, vessels, etc.  Asbestos was also used in the construction of carriages, and was sprayed in the interiors of carriages for insulation.   The Birmingham Railway and Carriage Company, previously based in Smethwick, was involved in carrying out repairs to railway carriages.

Health and Safety Executive statistics for the West Midlands region show that the numbers of men dying from mesothelioma are continuing to rise.

The rate increased from 44.7 per million for 2002-2004 to 46.7 per million for 2005-2007. These figures relate to the whole region, including Birmingham, Warwickshire, Coventry, Sandwell, Dudley, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Staffordshire. At Leigh Day we have long-standing experience of acting for clients in the region, including acting for a Birmingham car employee who developed mesothelioma when working at Lucas Electrical.  

Our asbestos lawyers, Daniel Easton and Harminder Bains, have presented to the respiratory team at the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital on asbestos mesothelioma claims.

As well as acting for asbestos sufferers we acted for hundreds of women who worked for Birmingham City Council in relation to discrimination and equal pay claims.

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