Asbestos in Trains & Railyards Compensation Claims
Asbestos was used extensively throughout the rail industry during a large part of the 20th Century because of its fire retardant properties. The construction and maintenance of railway engines and carriages up to the 1970’s involved the widespread use of asbestos.
It was regarded as an ideal material for insulating the boilers of engines on steam trains, lagging pipes, packing piston cylinders and providing brake pads. Blue asbestos was often used to insulate train carriages whilst asbestos was also packed behind panels in the carriages in order to retain heat.
In addition to the use of asbestos in the engines and carriages it was also commonplace throughout the station buildings, signal boxes, depots and offices. The trains themselves were used to transport asbestos materials throughout the country for use in other industries.
As in the ship building industry asbestos and asbestos-based products would be used and applied whilst other tradesmen were working in the area. This meant that exposure to asbestos dust was widespread throughout this period even amongst employees and tradesmen who had nothing to do with its application.
Exposure to asbestos can give lead to the development of a number of conditions including pleural plaques, pleural thickening, asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Whilst substantial exposure to asbestos is required to develop most conditions, this is not the case with mesothelioma, which can develop following very light exposure to asbestos fibres and dust.
At Sintons our specialist personal injury solicitors have a wealth of experience in pursuing asbestos disease compensation claims. If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related condition you can contact Sintons 24/7 in order to obtain free and impartial advice, without obligation.
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