A retired man who has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease several decades after exposure has received more than £141,000 in compensation.
For more than 20 years, the man worked as a labourer at a paper mill, where he operated a paper cutting machine. He worked in the cutting house, which had pipes running along the length of the ceiling. When he first started working there, the pipes were lagged with asbestos, but this was later removed. During this process, the cutting house was filled with asbestos dust. There was no ventilation system and none of the mill workers were provided with breathing equipment to prevent them from inhaling the asbestos fibres.
In late 2010, the man noticed that he was having problems breathing, had a persistent dry cough and had also lost his appetite. He was referred to hospital, where an X-ray revealed a problem with his right lung. Following keyhole surgery, a biopsy confirmed that he had malignant mesothelioma, an incurable disease of the lining of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos.
A personal injury claim against his former employer was settled out of court and the money will help support the man as his condition worsens.
If employers fail to take appropriate measures to prevent exposure to substances that can damage the health of employees, they can be liable to pay compensation for the resulting illnesses. If you or someone you know has suffered ill health as a result of exposure to harmful substances in the workplace, contact Jason Claridge for advice. We are experienced in handling claims for all kinds of industrial injuries.