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Asbestos claims in Plymouth & the South West

Heavy industry and mesothelioma

The counties of Cornwall and Devon have a long industrial history, particularly in areas such as mining, shipbuilding, engineering and construction. The Appledore shipyard in North Devon has built many famous ships, such as HMS Echo and Cornwall and Devon have large dockyards at Falmouth and Plymouth.  However, despite this proud record, Devon and Cornwall’s industries have left a terrible legacy in the region. 

Asbestos in dockyards and shipyards

Asbestos was used extensively in the shipbuilding industry and in dockyards. Pipes, boilers and other plant and machinery were covered with asbestos lagging for insulation purposes.  Asbestos in sheet form was also used to line cabins and other areas on ships. Asbestos was used by shipwrights, engineers, laggers and other workers in dockyards and shipyards because of its fire-resistant properties.

Asbestos in industry

Asbestos was used extensively in construction, engineering and manufacturing. In construction asbestos was to be found in many different materials, including ceiling tiles, floor tiles, Artex, corrugated roof sheets, and lagging for insulating pipework and boilers.

Asbestos was used by people in many different occupations joiners, carpenters, plumbers, boilermakers, labourers, fitters, welders, painters, electricians and ceiling fitters.

Mesothelioma in Devon and Cornwall

Health and Safety Executive figures show that over 1,700 people in Devon and Cornwall have died of mesothelioma since 1981. The latest Office for National Statistics figures show that 250 people in Devon and Cornwall died of mesothelioma between 2013 and 2015. 

Plymouth is badly affected by mesothelioma and figures show that it has the sixth highest rate of male deaths from mesothelioma in the UK.  Large numbers of people in Plymouth and the surrounding area previously worked at Devonport Naval Dockyard.  

Cornwall and Devon are both places where many people look to live when they retire. Sadly, at Leigh Day, we have seen clients retire to the South-West only to be diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of their asbestos exposure in other areas of the country.

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. Daniel Easton and Ewan Tant have both acted for clients in the region and have extensive experience of acting for asbestos disease sufferers and recovering significant amounts of compensation for victims of mesothelioma.

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