A woman from the Queensland area of Australia has developed the asbestos cancer called mesothelioma as a result of secondary exposure to the potentially deadly substance. The woman, who did not want to be named, is thought to have been exposed through washing her husband’s asbestos contaminated work clothes.

She has now filed civil claims documents in the Australian Supreme Court. Her husband worked for the Bulimba Power Station from 1961 to 1984, and it is here that he is thought to have been exposed to the asbestos that ended up on his work clothes.

The woman is now seeking over four hundred thousand dollars in compensation as a result of her exposure and subsequent illness. She said that she used to give her husband a hug when he came home from work, and she used to wash his clothes, both acts which would increase the risk of exposure for her.

The eighty three year old said that provisions should have been made for workers’ clothes to be washed on site, and the company should have warned workers about the dangers of exposure to asbestos.

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