Asbestos warning

ANY Ipswich people who worked at the former SGIO building in Brisbane during the 1980s are being warned about the dangers of asbestos, after the recent diagnosis of an Everton Hills man with mesothelioma.

Slater and Gordon is pursuing a claim on behalf of a 69-year-old man, who was diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer in November.

The client worked at the former SGIO building - now the Suncorp Metway Plaza building located on the corner of Albert and Turbot Sts - as a CTP insurance investigator from 1988 to 1992.

Slater and Gordon asbestos lawyer Carl Hughes said the first confirmed diagnosis of mesothelioma relating to the SGIO building occurred more than 10 years ago.

Mr Hughes said it was alleged that his client had been exposed to and inhaled asbestos fibres in the course of his employment as a result of poor renovation works.

It is alleged an asbestos-based lagging was sprayed on steel framework as a fire retardant within the SGIO building. SGIO then contracted a company to remove asbestos from the building, a process which is thought to have been completed throughout the 1980s.