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Asbestos Exposure Results in Council Care Worker’s Death

By National Operations Co-Ordinator

Deputy Bradford Coroner, Oliver Longstaff informed an inquest hearing that the likely cause of the death for Michelle Salaya Hague was her industrial exposure to asbestos. Ms Hague sadly died from the aggressive asbestos related lung cancer, mesothelioma on 6 November 2013.

It was revealed that Ms Hague, who was only aged 50 at the time of her deathly diagnosis, was exposed to the asbestos as a result of attending work meetings in a dusty room at a Bradford church. Ms Hague was employed by Bradford Council which rented an upstairs room of the church. In a statement made by Ms Hague in 2010 she stated that there was always a thin layer of dust and the room was always dusty. She also arrived to the room on one occasion to find that part of the roof had collapsed and was required to clear the debris.

Mr Longstaff also indicated that despite a lower dose of exposure to the asbestos, mesothelioma being an “arbitrary” disease, there was sufficient exposure for Ms Hague to develop the mesothelioma.

Slater and Gordon Chest & Asbestos Disease Group Solicitor Dominic Smith, raises the concerns of the dangers of any exposure to asbestos, even the minimal exposure experienced by Ms Hague.

“Ms Hague’s death as a result of a minimal exposure to the deadly asbestos material is a reminder to us all that any exposures to asbestos can be fatal. Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of lung cancer and the only known cause is as a result of exposure to asbestos. Our thoughts are with Ms Hague’s family who have lost a loved one at such a young age.

It is essential that anyone who believes they have been exposed to asbestos, no matter how minimal the exposure, register this exposure with a firm that has a known history and expertise in asbestos litigation.

Slater and Gordon maintain a National Asbestos Register and we advise you to contact Dominic Smith on 0161 383 3527 to register any asbestos exposure.”

Further, the Health and Safety Executive have a number of resources with regards to the maintenance, removal and disposal of asbestos.

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