Occupations and Asbestos Exposure

  • Construction workers, in power stations, also plumbers, electricians, joiners, bricklayers, roofers, painters and labourers will have worked with asbestos products often without realising it. Also site engineers, surveyors & architects.
  • Steel workers, fitters, welders, furnace workers, boiler men, labourers, riggers, and wreckers.
  • Asbestos laggers and sprayers applied asbestos, e.g. to boilers, pipes, in buildings, constructing power stations, and countless other locations.
  • Engineering workers including pipe and maintenance fitters, insulation engineers, engineering trades using asbestos products.
  • Railway workers and railway workshop workers and fitters, especially those who have worked on insulation of carriages.
  • Manufacturing Most asbestos production ceased in the 1970s, but prior to that, asbestos products were manufactured for the home, industry and construction in huge quantities. Cape plc and Roberts / Turner Newall Group were two of the largest and prolific manufacturers.
  • Dockers and Transport workers unloading and conveying asbestos.
  • Shipbuilding and shipyard workers.
  • Other workers who have worked nearby when asbestos was used or disturbed or who worked in buildings where asbestos was present like schoolteachers, medical and laboratory staff and fire fighters.
  • Non-workers may also be affected by asbestos. People living near to asbestos factories and families of asbestos workers who bring dust home on their overalls have developed asbestos diseases.