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Asbestos claims in Wales

Wales is famous for its strong industrial heritage. Sadly, given the widespread use of asbestos in industrial settings – particularly across Cardiff and South Wales – there is an increased incidence of workers being diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.    

Health and Safety Executive statistics revealed 1,978 men and 316 women died from mesothelioma in Wales between 1981 and 2017.  There were also 363 asbestosis-related deaths in the same period. 
Many workers across different industries were exposed to asbestos during their working life in Wales and have sadly gone on to develop asbestos-related conditions. If this has happened to you or a loved one, you may have a compensation claim. 

Ready to talk? Speak to one of our specialist team about your asbestos claim in Wales. Call 020 7650 1200 or 


Dockworkers in Wales

Many workers in Cardiff Docks and Barry Docks in the Vale of Glamorgan were heavily exposed when unloading asbestos cargo imported from other countries. Unloading the bags was extremely dusty work and they would often rip open during the process. 

Other workers were exposed to asbestos from undertaking work in the engine and boiler rooms of vessels during refits when they were in dock and during maintenance work when out at sea. These included:
  • Laggers
  • Fitters
  • Labourers
  • Welders
  • Electricians

Sadly, family members of dockworkers were also exposed to asbestos fibres brought home on overalls and clothing. Secondary exposure through domestic contamination can result in similar exposure levels and many have gone on to develop an asbestos-related disease despite never working in a high-risk job. 


Asbestos was also extensively used for its heat and fire-resistant properties in steel plants across South Wales including:
  • Port Talbot
  • Llanwrern Mill
  • East Moors Steelworks

Although workers did not use asbestos in the production of steel, they were regularly exposed to dangerous levels from lagging on pipework, boilers, in the construction of furnaces and in roof sheeting. 

Power stations

Workers at power stations across Wales may have been exposed to asbestos, including at: 
  • Carmarthen Bay
  • Trawsfynyedd
  • Abrerthaw 

Power stations used asbestos as a highly durable insulating material on boilers, machinery and associated pipework to generate electricity. This insulation was repeatedly disturbed during the operation of power stations and workers were exposed to asbestos fibres that filled the air. 


A well-known rubber factory – the Dunlop Semtex factory in Blaenua Gwen – was designed to bring large-scale work to the post-war South Wales valleys. Asbestos was used in large quantities in the factory that manufactured asbestos lined floor tiles, carpet underlay and pipe lagging. Sadly, hundreds of former workers have since been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases from their work at this factory. 


Asbestos exposure in the construction industry also accounts for a proportion of mesothelioma deaths in Wales. We pursued a claim for a gentleman in the Newport area for his past exposure when working on building sites alongside other tradesmen who were using asbestos materials. The claim successfully settled for a six-figure sum. 

Contact Leigh Day about your asbestos claim in Wales

Leigh Day has been helping families claim asbestos-related compensation for many years. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease and you believe you were exposed to asbestos when working in any of the above industries anywhere across Wales, you may be entitled to compensation. 

Get in touch with our specialist team to discuss your asbestos claim in Wales. Call 020 7650 1200 or 

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