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North West asbestos contamination concerns

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The Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia, together with Slater and Gordon asbestos lawyers, are concerned about reports of asbestos exposure at three mines in the North West.

According to reports, asbestos contamination was found at Rio Tinto's West Angelas and Marandoo mines and also at BHP Billiton's Jimblebar mine. 

This asbestos contamination raises concern for the hundreds of mine workers and construction workers who may have been exposed to the deadly dust.

Asbestos Diseases Society (ADS) of Australia President, Robert Vojakovic said: "With the Australian Asbestos Management Review to report to the Government this week, the contamination at these three mines is a stark reminder of the prevalence of asbestos at worksites." 

The ADS calls on these multinationals to take all steps necessary to ensure the safety of their workers.

Senior Asbestos Lawyer with Slater and Gordon, Simon Millman has echoed the concerns. 

"As we understand, investigations into these contaminated sites are continuing. That means that the full extent of the risk to workers working in the vicinity of these contaminated sites is not known."

“The presence of asbestos at these sites may present an imminent risk to the health and safety of these workers."

While it’s certainly not the case that everyone who has been exposed to asbestos develops an asbestos-related illness, it only takes the briefest of exposure to asbestos to develop into a deadly asbestos-related disease,” Mr Millman said.

“The employers at these sites must ensure that their workers are kept safe from exposure.”  

Any mine or construction worker who may have been exposed to asbestos fibres should contact the Asbestos Disease Society, their union or Slater and Gordon. It is important that details about potential exposure are recorded.