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Turner & Newall

Workers Exposed to Asbestos

The company was founded in England in 1871 as a manufacturer of asbestos products and mine operator, where it was known under the name Turner Brothers. In the U.K., it was the first company that used asbestos fibers in the making of cloth. Due to this achievement, the company’s name changed into Turner Brothers Asbestos Company. The merger with Washington Chemical Company in 1920 led to the most recongnised name change for this company –Turner & Newall. The company went through a rapid growth during the 1930’s and the 1940’s, purchasing several asbestos insulation companies, in 1939, beginning to operate an asbestos mine in South Africa. The company’s products endangered the lives of the people working in the construction and electrical industries.

If You Worked at Turner & Newall While the Company Was Using Asbestos, You are at High Risk for Lung Disease

As a company operating for over a century, Turner & Newall was responsible for endangering the lives of thousands of workers, both inside and outside the U.S. In addition to multiple types of insulation and heating ducts, they also manufactured cement sheet and heat resisting board. Despite having prior knowledge of the dangers asbestos exposure implied, the company did not cease the use of this carcinogenic mineral. In 1937, the director of Turner & Newall allegedly wrote “All asbestos fibre dust is a danger to the lungs. If we can provide evidence that the industry is not responsible for any asbestosis claims, we may be able to avoid tiresome regulations and the introduction of dangerous occupational talk”. Consequently, numerous former employees came to suffer from harrowing diseases such as lung cancer after several years of workplace asbestos exposure.

Today, people who were injured by working at Turner & Newall can easily recover the financial compensation they deserve with the assistance of a lawyer specialized in asbestos exposure cases. No longer affording to pay out lawsuits filed by former workers struggling with terrible illnesses, the company sought bankruptcy protection in 2001. Six years later, they set up the asbestos trust fund which currently provides anyone whose health was hindered by their products with the money they are eligible for. Our attorneys have been helping victims of occupational asbestos exposure for nearly three decades and we are confident our law firm can offer you the legal aid you need. Unlike lawsuits, asbestos claims require no litigation and thereby, the legal process usually goes more smoothly, with the majority of people obtaining compensation within less than one year. For additional information, do not hesitate to contact us and we will gladly answer all your questions.

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We Also Provide Legal Assistance to the Family Members of Turner & Newall Workers Injured by Secondary Asbestos Exposure


Since asbestos companies – including Turner & Newall – went to outrageous lengths to cover up the potentially fatal consequences of asbestos exposure, it should not come as a surprise that industrial hygiene did not rank very high among their list of priorities. Accordingly, the work environment was extremely hazardous, both for the people who handled asbestos directly and for those who worked in close proximity to the former. However, the danger was not confined to the facilities of the company. Because they were not required to change before leaving the workplace, Turner & Newall employees would often return home with asbestos dust on their clothes, which led to secondary exposure. Unaware of the real health threat asbestos entailed, family members would greet asbestos workers upon coming back from the job and shake out their clothes before laundering the garments. These were two of the most common ways secondary asbestos exposure took place during the last century.

It is important to know that victims of secondary asbestos exposure are just as entitled to financial compensation as people who inhaled and ingested toxic fibers in the workplace. Therefore, if you shared the same living space with someone who was employed at Turner & Newall while the company was employing asbestos and have a diagnosis of asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, or any other related disease, we strongly encourage you to contact our lawyers. With nearly 30 years of experience in assisting and representing individuals whose health was compromised by asbestos exposure, they will eagerly take over your case and invest all their efforts in achieving the optimal results for you. So far, our attorneys have recovered over $1.4 billion for their clients and will gladly help you as well.