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Asbestos claims in Manchester & North West

People who have worked in areas of the UK where there was historically a lot of heavy industry, such as Greater Manchester, are at an increased risk of developing the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma.

The Greater Manchester region has a high incidence of mesothelioma as a legacy of it’s industrial past.  Manchester was well known for it’s manufacturing industries and played a prominent role in the Industrial Revolution.  Large amounts of raw asbestos fibre were transported on board ships along the Manchester Ship Canal and offloaded by dockers at Salford Docks.  When these asbestos sacks were offloaded by dockers they were heavily exposed to asbestos and many dockworkers in the area have contracted asbestos related diseases.

Asbestos was then transported to local factories such as Turner Brothers Asbestos Company sites at Rochdale and Wigan and Turners Asbestos Cement in Trafford Park.  Asbestos was also transported to the notorious Cape Asbestos plant of Acre Mill in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.  This featured in the seminal documentary “Alice- A Fight For Life” which was first shown in 1982 and played a vital role in changing attitudes about asbestos.

Asbestos was extensively used in the construction industry for example, to make roofs, soffits and fascias on houses.  Asbestos was well regarded for its heat insulating qualities which meant that it was extensively used to lag heated pipes and boilers. Many factories in the Manchester area would have had asbestos lagging around their premises.

Figures previously released by the Health and Safety Executive showed that 90 people died from mesothelioma in 2011 compared to 15 in 1982.  The highest levels of mesothelioma in Greater Manchester occurred in Wigan, Tameside and Stockport.

Tragically, a former security guard who worked in Manchester following the IRA bombing died of mesothelioma in 2015.  He was only 40 years of age.  He spent three weeks as a security guard following the blast in June 1996 and it was thought that he may have been exposed to asbestos as a result of demolition work being carried out in the City Centre.

Bringing an asbestos disease claim

At Leigh Day we have an expert team of specialist asbestos solicitors with many years of experience of dealing with compensation claims on behalf of asbestos disease sufferers. 

Helen Ashton is based in our Manchester office and has extensive experience of acting for asbestos disease sufferers and recovering significant amounts of compensation for victims of mesothelioma.

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