Silicosis: Government Urges Workers to Get Tested
In the wake of the troubling resurgence of silicosis, Shine Lawyers has been spearheading the push for governments around Australia to recognise the dangers of benchtop cutting. (If you have been exposed to silicosis dust without proper protective equipment, regardless of how recently, submit your details to our Silicosis Exposure Register.) As a result of […]Read more
Asbestos in the workplace: What are your duties as an employer?
Asbestos is a term used for a range of naturally-occurring, fibrous, silicon-based minerals. These highly versatile minerals were once used across many industries, until the health risks associated with inhaling asbestos fibres became apparent. Although Asbestos was banned in Australia in 2003, it is still commonly found in many workplaces. According to Safe Work Australia, […]Read more
DIY home renovators: The third wave of asbestos victims
Between 1945 and 1975, Australia was the largest consumer of asbestos products per capita in the world. We mined it, manufactured it and used it extensively across the country. Lauded for its versatility, asbestos was attractive to many industries, particularly construction. Exposure to dust was considered a normal part of the job. It wasn’t until […]Read more
Case study: Landmark decision for asbestos victim in Northern Territory
After a David and Goliath battle, the entitlements for sufferers of asbestos-related illnesses have now been confirmed in the Northern Territory. Shine Lawyers has secured a High Court ruling that will define the law and entitlements of asbestos victims in the Northern Territory, ensuring they can access compensation for their injuries. The High Court ruling […]Read more
Silicosis on the rise: The hidden dangers of engineered stone
Historically, silicosis has been recognised as a dust disease affecting labourers from 40 to 50 years ago who worked closely with sandstone products. Unfortunately, this is no longer appears to be the case and many modern workers may be at risk. What is silicosis? Silicosis is a permanent and aggressive lung disease caused by breathing […]Read more
Asbestos compensation claims: The medical requirements
Determining whether a person can lodge a claim for an asbestos-related disease is not always straight forward. There are many legal hurdles that need to be overcome, but it is the technical medical evidence that makes asbestos compensation claims particularly difficult. Exposure to asbestos There is no doubt that exposure to asbestos can lead to asbestos […]Read more
Time limitations for asbestos disease compensation
Often in asbestos compensation claims, strong cases can be undermined by strict time limitations. To make matters more complex, states and territories in Australia apply different time limits for one to bring a court claim and a workers’ compensation claim. Failure to comply with these strict limitations can be prejudicial to an individual’s case, and can […]Read more
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a term used for a range of naturally-occurring, fibrous, silicon-based minerals. These highly versatile minerals were once used across many industries, until the health effects of exposure and inhalation became apparent. In their crystal form, asbestos minerals form long, thin fibre-like crystals visible to the eye. These are made up of millions of […]Read more
What is a Dust Disease?
Dust disease refers to the number of chronic lung diseases that are caused by inhaling certain dust particles. Not all dust is harmful, but it’s important to know what kinds of dust can have an impact on your health. Harmful dust particles include: Silica Hard metals, e.g. tungsten, cobalt, aluminium, & beryllium Bagasse – the […]Read more