Fighting for truth and justice for the victims of asbestos


CLYDEBANK ASBESTOS GROUP - Helping Victims of Asbestos

The Clydebank Asbestos Group is a volunteer organisation set up in 1992 to help provide support, advice and information for victims of asbestos and their families.


We are part of the Clydebank Asbestos Partnership which also includes West Dunbartonshire Council.


WE HAVE MOVED!  The new support centre for Clydebank Asbestos Group officially opened on Thursday 11th January 2018 - click here for more details.


Asbestos could soon outstrip motor accidents as a cause of premature death in Britain. However, the most important aspect of this website for anyone with an association to the Clydebank area is the fact that it has been empirically confirmed by respected academics that this area has the highest percentage of asbestos-related disease per head of population, certainly in the UK by a large measure and probably throughout Europe.


Read more about the history of Asbestos in Clydebank.


While Clydebank established a global reputation as a world leader in heavy industry in the 1970's, no one could have imagined the scale of the human cost which accompanied that achievement. Clydebank inherited a dreadful legacy from its historical dominance in the production and widespread use of asbestos in ship building.


On 30 May 2015 the International Asbestos Memorial was unveiled in Clydebank town centre. The structure stands in memory of each individual, whether at home or around the world, who has lost his or her life to an asbestos related disease; it stands in memory of all those people whose deaths from asbestos have gone unrecognised.


Read more about the International Asbestos Memorial.


Clydebank Asbestos Group are here to help you and your family - please contact us on 0141 951 1008 or fill in our contact form below and we will contact you.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral It differs from other minerals in its crystal development. The crystal formation of asbestos is in the form of long spindly fibres.


Asbestos is divided into 2 mineral groups:  Serpentine and Amphibole


The division between the two types of asbestos is based upon the crystalline structure. Serpentines have a sheet or layered structure where amphiboles have a chain-like structure.


Both were used for commercial use - Serpentine (93% of commercial use), Amphibole (7% of commercial use)


Read more about the What is Asbestos?

Asbestos related diseases

There are several different kinds of diseases that are related to previous exposure to asbestos fibres, and they can be categorised in various ways. Some are malignant or cancerous - such as mesothelioma and lung cancer - others such as asbestosis, pleural plaques, diffuse pleural fibrosis are considered benign conditions such as lung cancer and mesothelioma can be and are often severely disabling. The other more benign conditions can, but rarely produce the symptoms and are less disabling than the malignant diseases.


Some of the above are very clearly and directly attributable to exposure to asbestos, such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. For others, such as gastro-intestinal tract cancers, the casual connection to asbestos exposure is one that appears probable but has not yet been proven with certainty.


Each of these asbestos-related diseases can only be diagnosed through medical examinations and tests. If you were exposed to asbestos it does not mean that you therefore must have, or will have, an asbestos-caused disease. But it does mean that you should be vigilant about your health, receive regular medical care and checkups and tell your doctor about your asbestos exposure.


Pleural thickening

Diffuse pleural thickening

Pleural plaques


Asbestos related lung cancer


If you, or a member of your family, have been diagnosed with an Asbestos related condition you are entitled to compensation if you were exposed to asbestos at work, even if your employer has now gone out of business.


Clydebank Asbestos Group can help you get the one to one specialist legal advice you need from a Solicitor with the experience in dealing with Asbestos compensation claims.


If you are diagnosed with an Asbestos related disease, it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.


Read more about Claiming Compensation.


If you have been diagnosed with an Asbestos related condition you are entitled to claim certain government benefits. The benefits system is very complicated and changes all the time.  Clydebank Asbestos Group can help you find out what you are entitled to as well as helping fill out any forms.


Read more about Claiming Benefits.


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Registered Charity Number: SCO22856.