A 67-year-old man has won a £100,000 compensation battle which was triggered by a terminal illness diagnosis.
The former worker who now lives in Cyprus was exposed to asbestos during the period 1967- 1969 at a Liverpool chemical factory. He said that the conditions in which he worked as a training officer showing employees how to operate large industrial machinery were ‘filthy and disgusting’. He said there was a constant presence of dust that gathered in all areas of the workplace including all surfaces.
The man, originally from Bootle, said he had no idea just how harmful the chemicals could be and said that he had asked that ventilation should be improved while he worked there. He said: “The asbestos dust was thick like a fog. I mainly worked in the nylon section and it was everywhere. Most evenings when I got home from the factory I would have to rinse out my nostrils.”
The pipe work in the factory was also an asbestos danger as the pipes were lagged with it. The dust used to fall down whenever there was maintenance work being carried out on the pipes and was sometimes left for a day before being cleaned up on some occasions. He said: “Chunks of the lagging would also fall off from time to time. The dust was everywhere but there was no warning about the dangers.”
Only last year, the former factory realised there was something seriously wrong with his health when he became breathless very easily. Doctors found shadows on both his lungs and he underwent chemotherapy. He said: “The medical treatment has been good here in Cyprus but everything costs,” he said. “This payment was crucial just to keep my head above water.”
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Published 16th February 2015.