Origin & Development of the Linotype - Definitive "Inland Printer" article
Started by Dave Hughes, December 13, 2006, 04:54:14 PM
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QuoteWe are writing to you from a law firm in Melbourne, Australia. We have taken great interest in your site because we are currently representing a man who operated a Linotype Printer for much of his working life. He has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma. This is a fatal disease contracted because of exposure to asbestos. We believe that there may have been some connection between his work on the Linotype Printer and his exposure to asbestos.We understand, from the Linecaster Documentary on your website, that asbestos lines the casting pot. This was presumably there to keep the temperature in the pot stable and very hot. What we need to understand specifically is if it could have been possible for this asbestos lining to erode in some way so that asbestos spores may have become air borne. Was there any part of the asbestos that may have been exposed to the operator in some way? For example, was the operator required to clean and maintain the machine where s/he may have come into contact with the asbestos?Are there any linotype operators that you know of who have become sick with asbestos related illnesses?Any information you may have in regards to these matters would be greatly appreciated. It would assist us in working out how our client was exposed to asbestos before he passes away. Please contact us on this email address of you have any information: mdillon-AT-slatergordon.com.au