Coroner Paul Kelly was satisfied that Albert Cranmer, 75, died of the industrial disease, malignant mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is the only known type of aggressive lung cancer to be attributed to exposure to asbestos. Mr Cranmer worked as a boiler attendant, working on cranes and as a foreman at British Steel in the 1960s.
During the inquest it was revealed that as a boiler attendant Mr Cranmer would have been regularly working on pipes insulated with asbestos known as “lagging” and further, been heavily exposed to this asbestos.
Slater and Gordon Chest & Asbestos Disease Group Solicitor David Cass, reminds us all about the dangers of asbestos within the workplace and the sad consequences that exposure to this deadly material can have.
“The death of Mr Cranmer is a sad reminder of the continued dangers this toxic fibre and material has caused our community. Workers like Mr Cranmer were regularly exposed to heavy levels of asbestos. No protection, precautions or warnings of this deadly exposure to asbestos would have been provided to workers or in fact anyone else working within the vicinity of them working with the asbestos.
Slater and Gordon has represented a number of steelworkers, boiler attendants and laggers who were exposed to asbestos and developed an asbestos related condition. We have also represented a number of clients who have brought claims against British Steel as a result of their exposure to asbestos. This is a known company that regularly and without caution exposed its workers to the asbestos.
Anyone exposed to asbestos should register this exposure as soon as possible. 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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