Story: Workplace safety and accident compensation

Working with asbestos (1st of 3)

Working with asbestos

Before the health dangers of asbestos were fully understood it was widely used as a fireproof building material in New Zealand. This 1940s worker, wearing gloves and an apron but no face mask or breathing apparatus, is making Fibrolite roofing from asbestos.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, John Dobrée Pascoe Collection (PAColl-0783)
Reference: 1/4-000378; F
Photograph by John Dobrée Pascoe

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Hazel Armstrong, 'Workplace safety and accident compensation - Workplace health and safety, 1990s and 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Hazel Armstrong, published 11 Mar 2010, reviewed & revised 18 Apr 2016