A woman whose husband died of asbestos exposure in the workplace has been given £183,200 in compensation for his pain and suffering.
The man, who was 73 when he died last year, worked at Castlemead power station in Gloucester between 1961 and 1967 where he repaired pipes and pumps covered in asbestos.
The man, from Hereford, was diagnosed with asbestosis in 2009 and it later developed into lung cancer.
A company called Magnox took over the firm and it has since admitted liability for his illness and subsequent death and agreed the compensation figure in relation to the pain and suffering experienced.
Prosecutors for the man’s wife, Janet, said that the former employee had been exposed to dust particles which filled the air when workers were knocking asbestos lagging off pipes adding that no protective equipment or clothing was provided.
It has been reported that there has been asbestos lagged throughout the power station. A spokesperson for the company said: “Castlemead power station was not owned or operated by Magnox Limited nor were Magnox Limited (the former employer). However, we are the successor organisation to the former employer, the Central Electricity Generating Board. The spokesperson also said that the company was saddened by the death and their thoughts were with the family.”
The dangers of asbestos are now more widely known and the substance has since been banned because of the serious damage it can do. It can be responsible for causing a number of different industrial related illnesses including mesothelioma, work-related lung cancer and asbestosis. Mesothelioma is a terminal illness and there is a short life expectancy following diagnosis.
All of these illnesses are painful both emotionally and physically for victims and their families. Your employer has a duty to protect you from hazards in the workplace including exposure to asbestos. If your employer has failed to protect you then you may be able to make a successful personal injury case.
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Published 13th February 2015.