Mesothelioma linked to asbestos exposure at Australian office plazaAsbestos attorneys in Australia are warning former workers of an office complex that they may be at risk for developing an illness caused by the naturally occurring fibers.
The SGIO Building in Brisbane - now known as Suncorp Plaza - was at the center of a recent case where a 69-year-old mesothelioma victim who was employed in the facility from 1989 to 1993 received $600,000 in asbestos compensation, according to the Brisbane Times.
One of the asbestos lawyers says that the substance was sprayed on the building's steel-framework to act as a flame retardant, and this is where much of the asbestos exposure came from.
"We believe it was circulated through the air conditioning and that's how [one of our clients] was actually exposed," he told the news provider. "The people we've acted for on the upper floors, we've been able to draw a more direct link between actual renovations to the building structure inside, in other words the removal of some walls which were made of asbestos building material."
Exposure to asbestos has been proven for decades to cause a number of serious illnesses such as asbestosis, lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma.