Lethal Work: A History of the Asbestos Tragedy in Scotland

Ronald Johnston, Arthur J. McIvor

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Asbestos destroys people's lives. Asbestos-related diseases now account for some 400 deaths every year in Scotland, with many more being severely disabled. This number is still increasing, due to the long latency period of this disease, and according to one cumulative estimate something in the region of 25,000 Scots will have died through exposure to asbestos by 2025. Asbestosis is now one of the most deadly occupational diseases, and by any standards this constitutes a major tragedy of epidemic proportions. This book is a history of the unfolding asbestos tragedy in Scotland and contains many interviews.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEast Linton
Number of pages226
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2000


  • asbestos
  • asbestos related disease
  • asbestos exposure


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